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Will the Vikings pursue Vincent Jackson?

San Diego is in an interesting position when it comes to Vincent Jackson’s holdout. They never know which team is going to get racked with injuries or get desperate and make a move to pursue the Pro Bowl receiver.

That may have just happened in Minnesota.

Standout Vikings receiver Sidney Rice is likely out until November with a hip injury. With fellow receiver Percy Harvin dealing with serious migraine headache issues, the Vikings are in a lurch at the position.

There are currently no intriguing names available on the open market, but there will be some decent players available Sept. 4 when teams make their final cuts. Minnesota can wait to see what pops up or it can go big and try to make a deal for Jackson and get a star.

The Vikings may be tempted to take a shot at since Brett Favre is back and they know this is their best shot for a Super Bowl title.

There are plenty of catches, though. The Chargers have only given Seattle permission to talk to Jackson about a contract. Still, if a team offers the Chargers enough goods, I’m sure additional permissions would be granted.

Still, the only way Jackson, who is facing a three-game NFL suspension, is going to report to any team is with a new contract. Jackson wants a contract similar to the deal Miami gave Brandon Marshall after getting him from Denver for two-second round picks in April. Marshall is being paid $50 million over five years.

Minnesota would likely have a difficult time swallowing that pill considering Rice and Harvin are both young players who have bright futures. Still, the Vikings’ receiving crew is currently a mess. Jackson would solve the problem, starting in Week 4. Will it be worth it? Perhaps not.

But it wouldn’t be shock if Minnesota considers it. Just like any team that may suffer a big injury at the position during Jackson’s holdout.