Miffed about not receiving a long-term deal in the offseason, San Diego Chargers WR Vincent Jackson refused to sign the one-year, $3.268 million contract he was tendered as a restricted free agent. So, Chargers GM A.J. Smith placed Jackson on the roster exempt list on August 20, and said he was open to dealing the WR.
Under NFL terms, Jackson had to sign a new contract by 4 pm Wednesday in order to play for a new team in Week 5.
Jackson’s agent, Neil Schwartz, yes, that Neil Schwartz of Darrelle Revis fame, said that he heard from multiple general managers, and that the Chargers were asking for “wholly unreasonable” compensation for Jackson, a Pro Bowl player who had two straight 1,000-yard seasons.
“Archie Manning had it right about this organization,” Schwartz said.
Schwartz said the legal language with one team was already drawn up and ready for Jackson to read and sign. That was a one-year deal with an option, with an average salary of more than $9 million. It was reported that the Minnesota Vikings were a major suitor.
Now, Jackson will have to finish serving the remainder of his three-game suspension for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy and then serve a three-game suspension on the roster exempt list if he signs.
In a way it is refreshing to see an owner or GM hold a player to his contract. But can you imagine if the Jets and Revis didn’t blink? Revis would probably still be in Miami today “working out”