Vincent Jackson has had an acrimonious relationship with the Chargers throughout most of his seven seasons in San Diego, one that could be coming to an end.
Negotiations were expected to begin this month between the Chargers and Jackson, who said at the Pro Bowl the two sides had yet to talk contract details. While Jackson maintains he would like to stay in San Diego, and GM A.J. Smith is reportedly now “comfortable” exploring a long-term deal, NFL Network insider Jason La Canfora isn’t betting on it.
“I don’t see any way he’s back there,” La Canfora said Tuesday on “NFL Total Access.”
“The Chargers won’t franchise him, they’ve come out and said that.”
Jackson earned $11.4 million during the 2011 season under the franchise tag. That figure would increase to $13.7 million if the Chargers change course to keep him around another year. What’s left is for the Chargers to determine if they can afford Jackson, who asked for a five-year, $50 million contract in 2010.
Given the perceived — but potentially small — market for wide receivers, and recent contracts given to Larry Fitzgerald, Roddy White and Brandon Marshall, it seems likely Jackson will cash in as a free agent.
Teams with salary cap room like the Rams, 49ers and Buccaneers could come calling.
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