There continues to be chatter regarding the Rams’ interest in Chargers holdout WR Vincent Jackson, but some of the reports are conflicting.
NFL Network insider Jason LaCanfora reported this week that the Rams had contact with the Chargers regarding a trade but didn’t expect to complete a deal. Per La Canfora, the Chargers are looking for a second-round draft pick, plus another selection, in return. Complicating matters for any team wishing to acquire Jackson is signing him to a new contract.
Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, however, writes there were rumblings Saturday morning that it could be the case the Rams are in the mix, according to two unnamed sources. He writes to “stay tuned,” so we definitely will.
Interest by the Rams is logical, given they were considered to have a very young receiving corps before the season-ending injury to top pass catcher Donnie Avery. The Rams are set to enter the season with Laurent Robinson and Danny Amendola as their starters.
At this point, the only team known to have permission to discuss a contract with Jackson is Seattle.
Keep in mind that Jackson will serve a three-game NFL suspension to start the season. The Chargers also have placed him on the roster-exempt list, meaning if he isn’t on an NFL roster by Saturday’s 6 p.m. ET deadline, he would not be eligible to play for another three weeks.
UPDATE: Thomas reported Saturday night that the Rams have decided against pursuing Jackson, according to team sources.