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Vincent Jackson situation looking ugly
Posted Jun. 08 at 04:27 AM
You don't want to overrate threatened holdouts in June; most of these situations get resolved by training camp. The status of restricted free agent Vincent Jackson, however, looks like one that fantasy owners need to be concerned about.
According to this story in the San Diego Union-Tribune, "sources familiar with the situation" say that Jackson and left tackle Marcus McNeill are both willing to sit out for "some time" if that's what it takes to get new contracts. The sources may well be their agents, and such talk is easier to make in June than when the regular season gets closer, but it's still somewhat worrisome.
Chargers general manager A.J. Smith, meanwhile, isn't known for caving to such pressure. In May, Smith said, "Whoever we have as Chargers, we go with. I don’t spend much time speculating on who will be here or when they will be here.”
With Jackson, a possible holdout is just one concern. He's also likely to be suspended for a game or two at the start of the season under the league's personal conduct policy for a pair of DUI offenses.
Add those things together, and it certainly makes sense to drop Jackson behind other players of similar value in drafts, at least until the contract situation is resolved. His absence would also be a negative for Philip Rivers' value.
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