With outstanding wide receiver Vincent Jackson seemingly headed towards free agency, the San Diego Chargers should start to cast an eye towards the upcoming 2012 NFL draft and the exceptional WR prospects available there.
While there is still a real possibility that the Chargers management and VJax will sort out some kind of deal before March, it seems increasingly more likely with each approaching day that Jackson will look to dip his toes in the free agency waters.
The 6'5" WR is now 29 years old, and this maybe his last realistic chance of obtaining that high dollar contract that he's always believed his stock is worth. VJax has never shied away from talking numbers, and before the start of last season wanted $10 million a year.
The Chargers are unlikely to meet Jackson's demands if his figures are still in that same sort of ballpark, but there are enough teams out there who will. A number of teams are seeking a proven wideout, and the St. Louis Rams look to be one of the favorites to try and land the two-time Pro Bowler.
Jackson would sorely be missed by the Bolts offense. Last season he amassed a team-high 1,106 yards on receiving and scored nine touchdowns to lead all San Diego scorers. However, Jackson has been a controversial figure in the past, and now might be the time to offload him.
If Malcolm Floyd can stay healthy and the Chargers pick up an experienced WR in free agency (Randy Moss is back, though obviously he's no stranger when it comes to controversy), then San Diego could look to introduce a rookie in the rotation.
The draft is packed with talented wide receivers, and the Chargers should consider making a move for one or more of the following.