After the Miami Dolphins acquired Brandon Marshall, they rewarded him with a five-year $47.3 million contract. Marshall, considered by many to be an elite receiver, has averaged 102 catches, 1,237 yards, and 8 touchdowns per season since 2007.
Earlier this week, John Clayton reported that Vincent Jackson is asking for a similar five-year deal worth $50 million with $30 million guaranteed. According to Clayton, the Seahawks basically told Jackson thanks, but no thanks.
Jason Cole of Yahoo! Sports reported a similar number, saying that Jackson’s agents want compensation comparable to Marshall, Lee Evans, Roy Williams, and Roddy White.
From Cole’s article:
All four of those other wide receivers, whose stats are comparable to Jackson’s at the point where they got a new contract, received deals that included at least $27 million in the first three years. Marshall, who was traded to the Miami Dolphins this past offseason, received the most recent and most lucrative deal among that quartet with $28.5 million.
The comparison to Marshall also is important because Marshall has a long history of off-field problems. Jackson has been suspended for the first three games of this season after pleading guilty to a second charge of driving under the influence of alcohol. Prior to getting a new contract, Marshall was suspended earlier in his career, and has had at least four run-ins with the law. Among those are a domestic violence charge and a DUI charge.
To acquire Vincent Jackson, the Seahawks not only have to give him a huge, long-term contract, but they will also have to compensate the San Diego Chargers. And while it is uncertain whether the Chargers are seriously considering trading Jackson, A.J. Smith will not undersell one of his most talented assets.
Jackson is talented and productive, but bringing him to Seattle would require a huge investment.
The decision makers in Seattle’s front office are wise enough to make the correct choice; investing so much in another wide receiver may not be the best option right now.