Do You Want the Seahawks to Pursue Vincent Jackson?

By now, everyone should know I’ve been a proponent of the Charlie Whitehurst acquisition. Maybe it is too optimistic, but until proven otherwise, I trust the new regime to correctly evaluate talent and pursue players they like.

I don’t want to contradict myself with this post, but I will admit, A.J. Smith and the San Diego Chargers were compensated very well for Whitehurst. In addition to a third-round pick in 2010, the Chargers also jumped into the top of the second round in this year’s draft.

All for a third-string quarterback with minimal experience and an empty resume.

But as I’ve said, I won’t be critical of the acquisition until Charlie Whitehurst proves John Schneider and Pete Carroll wrong. If he develops into a good starter in the National Football League, the entire acquisition will be a bargain for the Seahawks.

And regardless of how pleased the San Diego Chargers were with their compensation, we don’t know what Whitehurst’s actual market value was. We don’t know what other teams were offering, or if the Seahawks grossly overpaid for an otherwise unknown commodity.

A.J. Smith may have indeed fleeced Seattle in the trade, but even if Whitehurst becomes a bargain for the Seahawks, the Chargers and Smith are well known for obtaining good value for their assets.

In the 2004 NFL Draft, Smith selected quarterback Eli Manning with the first overall pick. Less than an hour later, the disgruntled quarterback from Ole Miss was traded to the New York Giants for Philip Rivers and several draft picks. Philip Rivers, of course, has developed into a Pro Bowl-caliber quarterback – who some may argue is much better than Eli Manning – and the Chargers used New York’s draft picks to select players like Shawne Merriman and Nate Kaeding.

A.J Smith may take his fair share of criticism, but he won’t undervalue his players in a trade.

To acquire Vincent Jackson from San Diego, the Seahawks are going to probably have to pay a price similar to what Miami gave up for Brandon Marshall. For those of you who don’t remember the specifics, Miami gave Denver second-round picks in 2010 and 2011 in exchange for the troubled, yet talented wide receiver.

And don’t forget, Marshall and the Dolphins subsequently agreed on a four-year, $47.5 million contract extension that includes $24 million in guaranteed money. The new deal made Marshall the highest-paid receiver in National Football League history.

The Seahawks would likely have to compensate both San Diego and Vincent Jackson, and the overall price may be terrifyingly high.

Vincent Jackson has been a productive receiver, and his physical attributes make defensive coordinators cringe. At 6’5″, 230 pounds, Jackson would add size and strength to an otherwise deprived position. And despite Jackson’s size – he weighed around 240 pounds when he was drafted – he still runs a sub-4.5 40-yard dash.

Jackson has only exceeded 1,000 receiving yards twice during his five-year career, but his statistics have improved dramatically each season. Last season, Jackson finished with 68 catches, 1,167 yards and 9 touchdowns.

He isn’t as dynamic or productive as Brandon Marshall, but Vincent Jackson can definitely play wide receiver in the National Football League. Marshall comparisons aside, however, if Jackson can come to Seattle and match his production in San Diego, the Seahawks would be crazy not to pull the trigger on any deal.

The question is, if you were making decisions for the Seattle Seahawks, would you be willing to pay the price to acquire Vincent Jackson?

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  • pablohawk2010

    ABSOLUTELY! Get it done! No matter the cost I would pull the trigger immediately! He would make an impact. To have Vincent Jackson, TJ Houshmanzadeh, Deon Butler, Golden Tate, Mike Williams(if he can produce), Deon Branch(if not traded and can produce), Ben Obomanu, and John Carlson. Man…we would have a “KILLER” receiving corp!

  • Jay

    I really don’t want us to trade the future draft picks for a quick fix today. Not worth it. We are in a rebuilding process and are at least 2-3 years away from being a “real” contender. What is this going to cost us? Two number 2′s? Not worth it. We got Golden Tate for a second this year. Who knows what we are passing on in future drafts for a quick fix today. I think we will regret it just like the Deon Branch trade. Furthermore, we will probably need those draft choices to trade up for a Quarterback of the future. After all, Matt’s got 2 maybe 3 years left in him. What if he get’s injured? We need our high draft picks!

  • Jrock

    no !

  • Jay Clark

    First no!! Nothing is worth the price both Smith and Jackson will require for a trade. Now we know Hawks made an offer, that was refused. SO lets say training camp starts chargers take big injury hit, would they barter then? No I believe that Owens would be our best bet to bring in on a one year deal. No need to trade and cost less money for most likely the same production or slightly less.

  • Jay Clark

    Just saw Steve Wyche reporting that Jackson is working out in Arizona with one Donovan McNabb at a facility. Interesting nugget seeing that Redskins are also interested in Jackson HMMMMMM.

    • Dave

      Didn’t Mcnabbs son just drown?

  • Eric

    I’m totally torn by this. It would be amazing to have Vincent Jackson in this offense. No question that he’d make an immediate offensive impact. Acquiring him would also allow TJ to move around more which plays into his strength. At the same time, I’m not sure that we need to invest that kind of real estate draft wise into a WR at this time. I’d hate to have to go into next year’s draft with only a few picks to use. If we are bound and determined to move those picks then I say we do so to help our biggest deficiency, which to me is the D-Line, or our 2nd biggest, RB. That being said, if we were to pull the trigger on V-Jax I’d be damn happy with it.

  • Blake

    I just read on NBC sports that Jackson is expecting a 4 game suspension due to a pair of DUI charges. If he does in fact get suspended, his value would definitely take a hit. I still don’t think its the right choice for the hawks right now, but this info definitely changes the deal and could make things interesting.

  • adubb1028

    hell yeah matt needs a bigger target on the wide out, branch is done we got 2 guys to replace him tate and butler, we really need a real receiver we got a whole lot of slot backs playing wide receiver,they need to get him on the roster it not like we are getting jake anyways let the picks go, and to talk about rb. i was proud of jones last season he ran hard (but forsett is a better playmaker)but he ran like he knew his job was on the line last season.

  • Max Spector

    With his 4 game suspension looming, we’re seeing all of this chatter about how he could be cheaper for Seattle to get ahold of. With two DUIs under his belt and a suspension for such activity – is he still really worth it? Seems to me that old Holmy got burned trying to be Mr. Nice Guy and giving some breaks to only get burned in return. If VJ the stud of all time or just another Jeremy Stevens? And are you sure?