NFL insider Jason La Canfora reports that there is a “a strong probability” that Vincent Jackson and fellow holdout, Patriots offensive lineman Logan Mankins, will “sign their contract tenders and report to their respective teams by Week 10.”
That’s due in large part to the fact that the “language in the current collective bargaining agreement could place both players in the same situation next year” if they hold out for the entire 2010 campaign. One CBA expert agreed with La Canfora, saying that “if they sit out the entire season, there is still a very, very strong chance they end up right back where they are — restricted free agents.”
By returning in Week 10, Jackson and Mankins would be on a roster for at least six weeks — that “virtually would assure both players of an accrued season.”
In the case of Jackson, the Chargers aren’t going to be so quick to attempt a resolution with Malcom Floyd playing at such a high level. Jackson also won’t be able to play in a game until Nov. 28 due to his “roster exempt” status.
However, it does make sense to add Jackson if you have the roster room and could use a wideout. After all, it looks like he’ll be back on the field in time for the fantasy playoffs.
– Michael Fabiano
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