San Diego Chargers Willing to Trade Vincent Jackson

It could be time to start thinking about Vincent Jackson again.

While I don’t think it will – or should – happen, the Seahawks have shown interest in acquiring Jackson this offseason. And the Chargers, who were originally opposed to dealing their productive receiver, have apparently opened up to the idea of a trade.

The Chargers are facing tough personnel decisions with offensive tackle Marcus McNeil, Jackson, and perhaps linebacker Shawne Merriman becoming holdouts. Merriman should be a little easier to deal with, but McNeil and Jackson could become ugly holdouts that last well into the regular season.

Chargers general manager A.J. Smith recently said he might be willing to trade Vincent Jackson, but Marcus McNeil probably isn’t going anywhere.

It is definitely a situation worth keeping an eye on; the rumor mill identifies Seattle as one of San Diego’s likely trading partners (probably because of an admitted interest in acquiring Jackson). But what franchise, if the price is right, wouldn’t want to add a Pro Bowl talent to its roster?

The Seahawks were interested in trading for Brandon Marshall earlier this offseason. They were linked to T.O. rumors before head coach Pete Carroll abruptly shot them down. They invested a second-round pick in the NFL Draft on Golden Tate, a talented prospect out of Notre Dame.

It seems obvious the franchise would like to upgrade its group of wide receivers. But at what cost?

To acquire Brandon Marshall, the Miami Dolphins sent two second-round picks to Denver and rewarded the disgruntled wide receiver a huge, new contract. But Miami is a possible contender, and the Seahawks are clearly rebuilding.

Parting with second-round picks in consecutive years would be counterproductive for a rebuilding team; spending cash on skilled positions is pointless when you’re thin in the trenches. A rebuilding team needs to focus on acquiring as much young talent as possible, and in my opinion, should build from the inside-out.

I don’t think the San Diego Chargers want to get rid of their Pro Bowl talent. They’d probably prefer to retain Vincent Jackson and other potential holdouts.

But if A.J. Smith is willing to deal Jackson, don’t expect the price tag to be any cheaper than Brandon Marshall’s.

If Smith was able to play the market and receive compensation greater than the tender for Charlie Whitehurst, do you really think he’ll except anything less than what Jackson is worth? Jackson isn’t as productive as Marshall, but their value should be similar in a trade.

If Vincent Jackson is available, would you want the Seattle Seahawks to pursue him? And at what cost?

Now that the Chargers are reportedly willing to at least consider trading Jackson, expect the rumors to pick up steam again. And for no other reason than previous interest, the Seahawks will probably be the first team mentioned.

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  • Hawkman

    Try trading Deion Branch for Jackson straight-up. If this doesn’t work, throw L. Hill and/or our 6th and 7th round picks in for good measure. Then sign Jackson to NO MORE than a 4-year deal. NFL players tend to get stupid (and, consequently, non-productive) when you waive a 6-, 7-, or 8- year deal in their face, since they only seem to produce in the last year of their contract.

    • ccz

      Seriously, Deion Branch, Leroy Hill and 6th & 7th round picks for a pro bowl receiver just entering his prime? No matter how big the pile of garbage is that you throw at San Diego, it still doesn’t add up to equal value for a player like Jackson. If you are going to suggest a trade, try coming up with one that has some actual value going both directions – not just one where you find all the spare parts you don’t want and think that collectively they will be a fair price for a player with real value. Try again.

      • sdfan101

        I couldn’t agree more ccz…..Dion Branch?…6 and 7th round draft picks for a pro bowl wide receiver…?….What a moron you must be Hawkman…….The Chargers would be better off just allowing Jackson to sit until week ten….play the final six games and into the post season (assuming they can win the AFC west) and let him walk in 2011. Even is they do that they would get a third round compensatory draft pick for him from the NFL for lost free agent value…..AJ is no dummy…If you want to trade Seattle…How about Golden Tate and your 2nd round pick next season…that might get San Diegos interested…..LOL

  • William

    well too bad your not getting tate the Hill thing wouldnt bother me too much and you guys would benifit with hill with sean merriman holding out as well needing another linebacker me personaly i want to see what branch has left in his tank for the last year he gets alot of critical 3rd and long balls for first downs but hill for a 4th or 5th round maybe toss in ben obomanu

  • William

    but i have always liked the hill and lofa tandum in the linebacker spots

  • Ally

    I say keep Jackson.