The Vincent Jackson trade talk remains hot, with much of the latest speculation linking the receiver to the Vikings, who we have discussed as one of four likely suitors.
As of the time of this post, we haven’t received any word of a deal between the Chargers, who hold Jackson’s rights, and the Vikings. Judd Zulgad of The Star Tribune doused some cold water on the Vikings speculation, tweeting there was “no truth” to the rumors that Jackson to Minnesota was a done deal.
That, of course, leaves plenty of room to believe a deal still could be done.
Zulgad posted in his blog that he believes the hangup in a deal being done remains the Chargers’ asking price, not a new team working out a contract with Jackson.
The very plugged-in Kevin Acee of The San Diego Union-Tribune reported that the Chargers continue to talk to teams (yes, plural), and Jackson’s agents have the parameters of a deal done with at least one team, as well as outlined deals done “with other clubs.” Acee’s sources support Zulgad’s thinking, in that the Chargers have “yet to find” a deal they like.
It sounds like teams are balking at what the Chargers are asking for in return, and A.J. Smith holds the keys to any deal being done.
The clock is ticking on teams striking a deal for Jackson, though, because if he isn’t traded by 4 p.m. ET on Wednesday, he’ll be forced to serve his full six-game suspension from the NFL.
– Frank Tadych