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Vincent Jackson tried his best to get A.J. Smith to offer him an extension, but Smith did not want to pony up the money to keep Jackson in San Diego.
Smith hoped that Jackson was a product of San Diego's offense, and he let Jackson go to Tampa Bay.
Boy, was the stubborn Smith wrong or what?
Jackson has 710 receiving yards and six touchdowns this year on 31 receptions. He has been the definition of a big-play receiver, which the Chargers sorely need.
Today, Jackson will be out to prove that the Chargers should have re-signed him.
The Chargers cannot allow Jackson to get going and build his confidence.
If Jackson gets going, he could easily duplicate his 216-yard performance from three weeks ago against the New Orleans Saints.