Jackson on the move?: According to NFL Network’s Jason La Canfora, Chargers WR Vincent Jackson may have caught his last pass in a Bolts helmet. The team reportedly has no desire to use the franchise tag for him, but his price in free agency may be more than San Diego is willing to bear. Few wideouts have been as frustrating as Jackson. A player with the size and skills to be a game-changer, he’s never consistently lived up to that expectation. In seven years, the 6-foot-5 pass-catcher has never made more than 68 receptions in a season and has yet to crack double-digits in TDs. In a league that favors the passing game, Jackson will be a hot free-agent commodity and should command a sizable contract. But after spending his entire career catching passes from one of the league’s best in Philip Rivers (a shaky 2011 excluded), it’s unlikely that Jackson could land in a better QB situation — unless a team like Green Bay, New England or New Orleans comes calling. He still appears to be a low-end No. 1 WR for 2012.
Holmes likely back with Jets: Thanks to a trigger in his contract, Jets WR Santonio Holmes is owed $7.5 million. That means Gang Green is obligated to Holmes to the tune of more than $15 million in guaranteed money — and increases the likelihood that the former Buckeye is back in New York next season. Of course, he’ll probably need to patch things up with some of his teammates — including QB Mark Sanchez. When he’s happy and healthy, Holmes is one of the more clutch receivers in the NFL, even if his numbers aren’t eye-popping. The concern is that his reception and yardage totals have dropped significantly since he left Pittsburgh. Even if he becomes completely simpatico with Sanchez, he’s not much more than a flex receiver for next year unless things really change.
Ballard has torn ACL: An MRI confirmed that Giants TE Jake Ballard has a torn ACL in his left knee. With the normal recovery and rehab time for such injuries landing right around a year, you can take Ballard off your fantasy draft lists in 2012. It’s not an insignificant loss considering Ballard’s 2011 season found him as a quality safety outlet for Eli Manning and moved Ballard up the ranks as a solid No. 2 tight end option.
— Marcas Grant