Earlier this week, Neil Schwartz and Jonathan Feinsod -- the agents for San Diego holdout Pro Bowl receiver Vincent Jackson -- said that the Chargers have not given any team other than Seattle permission to talk to Jackson about a contract. According to the agents, the Chargers said there are certain teams they don’t want to send Jackson to. Because of that, Schwartz and Feinsod don’t think San Diego is serious about trading Jackson.
Friday, the NFL Network reported Jackson said he wants to remain in San Diego but he will hold out for the entire season if he has to.
Still, the easiest way out of this may be a trade, which I think is still an option. Ultimately, San Diego general manager A.J. Smith may decide to cut his losses and get something for Jackson instead of watching him sit out the entire season.
Here's a short list of potential trading partners for Jackson.
Buffalo: The Bills need a playmaker and sending Jackson to a weak team would teach Jackson a lesson.
Chicago: There has been interest, but the Bears don’t have any more money to spend.
Cleveland: The Browns could give Jackson a new deal and the Chargers a good compensation package.
Minnesota: The Vikings have to be tempted with Sidney Rice out, but they would be reluctant to spend big on Jackson just because it has a temporary issue at receiver.
Seattle: The Seahawks have talked to Jackson, but, so far, are reluctant to give him what he wants.
St. Louis: Jackson would be a very nice welcome gift for Sam Bradford.
Washington: This might be the best fit. Mike Shanahan has longed admired Jackson.