An apparent logjam at receiver hasn’t deterred the Chicago Bears from holding internal discussions about the possibility of upgrading the position.
ESPN NFL insider Adam Schefter posted on his Twitter account Wednesday morning that the Bears are among three teams -- which includes the Washington Redskins and Seattle Seahawks -- that have “debated making a run” at San Diego Chargers receiver Vincent Jackson, a restricted free agent, in the midst of a potentially long holdout.
Jackson is coming off consecutive 1,000-yard receiving seasons, in which he also led the NFL in average yards per catch. Desiring a long-term deal believed to be in line with the salaries of the league’s five highest-paid receivers, Jackson reportedly plans to stage an extended holdout until after Week 10 this season.
Chicago’s internal discussions about the possibility of adding Jackson are interesting, considering what it likely would have to pay the receiver in terms of salary, and what it would have to give up to consummate a trade with the Chargers. Brandon Marshall’s trade from the Denver Broncos to the Miami Dolphins may have set the framework for a potential Jackson trade.
The Dolphins traded away two second-round picks for Marshall. So it’s likely the Chargers, who reportedly are listening to trade offers, would seek similar value for Jackson, 27.
At 6-foot-5, Jackson appears to be an ideal weapon for the Bears to add to Jay Cutler’s arsenal. Jackson averaged 17.2 yards per reception last season, and caught nine touchdown passes.
It would be interesting to see how Jackson would fit into Chicago’s new offense, which relies on timing and route precision. In addition, if the Bears somehow pulled off a trade for Jackson, who would he bump out of the starting lineup between Devin Hester -- who said on his Twitter page recently that he’s working with former Rams receiver Isaac Bruce -- and rising second-year man Johnny Knox?
General manager Jerry Angelo has said this offseason that the Bears, who spent lavishly in free agency, aren’t looking anymore to bolster the roster by giving up high draft picks. Apparently, he’s reversed field on that stance, or at the very least, is simply doing his due diligence.
Either way, this adds a little excitement to arguably the dullest portion of the NFL offseason. So stay tuned. Even if the Bears aren’t able to acquire Jackson, it will be interesting to see how this story develops.