HONOLULU — A little business in between the fun here in Hawaii …
While reports suggest A.J. Smith now is “comfortable” exploring a long-term deal for Vincent Jackson, the Chargers wide receiver said he has yet to speak to the general manager himself.
“There hasn’t been any communication as far as contracts go,” Jackson said after Wednesday’s Pro Bowl practice. “If that’s their feeling, that’s great. I would like to stay in San Diego. Obviously, that’s my home, that’s where I was drafted. I’ve got some good guys around me -– Philip Rivers (Antonio) Gates, Ryan Mathews. It would be a great place for me to stay, so we’ll see if that works out.”
Jackson, who earned $11.4 million this past season as the team’s franchise player, said he’d prefer to avoid the tag again.
“That’s something that’s out of my control,” he said. “I can’t concern myself with how that goes. I’d love to have a long-term deal, just to have security of where you’re going to be for a while. That’s a decision that they have to make.”
In the meantime, Jackson, like everyone else, is just happy to be in Hawaii.
“This is beautiful,” he said. “It makes California seem like Colorado right now.”
— Aron Angel