The suspension looming over Chargers WR Vincent Jackson is no longer looming, as we learned Thursday the NFL had handed down a three-game suspension for violating the league’s personal-conduct policy.
The suspension was expected, and an appeal by Jackson’ camp is possible, but what’s next is how it impacts his immediate future. The rumors surrounding Jackson — who has yet to sign his tender as he protests his restricted free agent status with the Chargers, who are reportedly listening to trade offers — had already been rampant this week.
NFL Network insider Michael Lombardi believes the suspension, and the long-term potential of a year-long suspension for future off-field transgressions, impacts his next contract and diminishes his trade value.
“This penalty is going to impact [his new] contract,” Lombardi told NFL Network. “I think it [also] diminishes his trade value. Certainly, Jackson on the field is a tremendous, talented player. Brandon Marshall went for two second-round picks, and he’s had much more success in the NFL, in terms of consistency over his career. … Jackson faces the three-game suspension. The next time he doesn’t comply with the [NFL policy], he could be facing a year-long suspension. That has really diminished his trade value.”