Lombardi: Chargers will try to sign Jackson

Vincent Jackson represents the biggest name on an impressive list of wide receivers who could become free agents in March. That’s if he reaches free agency.

Jackson has maintained his preference is to stay in San Diego despite a relationship with the front office that has been acrimonious in the past. The Chargers aren’t expected to use the franchise tag on Jackson and sound open to trying to work out a long-term deal.

“I’m told by people in San Diego they’re going to do everything in their power to sign him, but this is going to be expensive,” NFL Network’s Michael Lombardi told “NFL Total Access” on Thursday. “There are a lot of teams that need an outside, big-play receiver.”

Jackson earned $11.4 million during the 2011 season under the franchise tag, a figure that is expected to increase to $13.7 million this offseason.

Looking at what it would take to land Jackson if he reaches free-agent status, Lombardi expects Jackson could exceed $10 million per season over five seasons. That’s nearly identical to the five-year, $50 million he asked the Chargers for in 2010.

It’s been two years since Jackson last made headlines after multiple DUI arrests, a trend that could convince teams — perhaps the Chargers — to ante up the guaranteed money he’s seeking.

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