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Vincent Jackson could be traded
Posted Jun. 29 at 08:11 AM
Is Vincent Jackson on the move? Maybe, according to a report in a San Diego newspaper.
“No one is predicting he will shipped off soon, and it does not appear other teams have been officially notified the Pro Bowl receiver is on the trading block,” writes Kevin Acee of the Union-Tribune.
The Seahawks have shown interest in trading for Jackson, and Washington is interested as well, according to the article.
A Jackson trade would represent a huge shift in the NFL landscape. He’s clearly one of the top 10 receivers in the league. He might be one of the top 5 – did you remember how he put up big numbers against Darrelle Revis in the playoffs? He’s a Brandon Marshall-type talent.
But Jackson would be used differently by whatever team landed him. In San Diego, he’s almost exclusively a deep threat. This article points out how he averages 17.8 yards per catch over the last two years, by far the most of any player with at least 100 receptions. (And I’ll post a similar type of statistical factoid in the next day).
With a new club, Jackson would be used far more often on other, shorter routes. He’d probably become a 90-catch receiver. But he’d probably also catch fewer long balls.
A trade would also be a huge blow against Philip Rivers. He’d be left with Malcom Floyd and probably Legedu Naanee as his starting receivers. Maybe the Chargers can get former first-rounder Craig Davis going, but that doesn’t look particularly likely. A Jackson trade would likely help Antonio Gates’ numbers.
Jackson is looking for a new contract. He’s a restricted free agent, but he would like to get the kind of money he would command if he were unrestricted.
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