Five Teams Poised to Make a Run for Vincent Jackson
Vincent Jackson is one of the breakout wide receivers from the 2009 season.
At 6'5" and averaging the fourth-best YPR (yards per reception) in 2008 and 2009, Jackson is a disruptive force on the field, with the height of a possession receiver, and the playmaking ability of a deep threat.
Jackson is determined to hold out until at least Week 10 of the 2010 season for a new contract in the neighborhood of Brandon Marshall's four-year, $47.5 million agreement.
San Diego Chargers general manager A.J. Smith is known for taking a hard stance against disgruntled players and likely has higher priorities—like giving Antonio Gates an extension—than dealing with Jackson.
Jackson does have a pending suspension for a DUI, which could cause him to miss one to four games of the 2010 season.
However, Jackson is a highly coveted player who many teams would be willing to pay a high price to acquire.
The following list picks the top five teams that could land Jackson.
Washington has had the most change to its offense this offseason. The Redskins acquired Donovan McNabb, Jammal Brown, Trent Williams, and hired Mike Shanahan.
Washington's offensive transition should not stop at the wide receiver position, as Devin Thomas and Malcolm Kelly have not stepped up to help Santana Moss.
Furthermore, the Redskins have a history of trading away draft picks, and they still have their 2011 First and Second Round picks available.
Likely Trade: Washington's 2011 First Round pick.
New England Patriots
With Randy Moss at 33-years-old and in the last year of his contract, the Patriots should be looking to replace their deep threat for 2011 and beyond.
A deal for Jackson would also help New England in 2010 with the uncertainty surrounding Wes Welker's recovery from injury. Welker's effectiveness will be in question once he returns to the lineup (Week 6 at the earliest).
In terms of compensation, New England is loaded with draft picks in the 2011 Draft, holding Oakland's First and Carolina's Second Round picks, as well as its own first two picks.
Likely Trade: One of New England's 2011 First Round picks.
Though Mike Martz has been able to transform relatively unknown players into productive players (Mike Furrey), Chicago does not have a true No. 1 wide receiver to help quarterback Jay Cutler.
Chicago is also not afraid to spend money and trade draft picks for premium players (Julius Peppers, Jay Cutler), and it doesn't hurt that Lovie Smith and Jerry Angelo are fighting for their jobs.
Chicago has both of its high picks in the 2011 draft (First and Second Round picks) to trade.
Likely Trade: Chicago's 2011 First Round pick.
This offseason, Seattle was deep in the running for Brandon Marshall, until Miami scooped him away.
Acquiring Jackson would give new quarterback Charlie Whitehurst an excellent weapon alongside T.J. Houshmandzadeh and John Carlson. It would also give rookie Golden Tate time to be eased into the starting lineup.
Seattle has its First and Second Round picks of the 2011 Draft available.
Likely Trade: Seattle's 2011 1st Round Pick.
With the change in quarterbacks, from JaMarcus Russell to Jason Campbell, and a decent draft, Raiders management looks to be stepping in the right direction.
Vincent Jackson is an ideal player for Oakland's offense, which takes advantage of the deep ball.
Though Oakland doesn't have a 2011 First Round pick—after trading it to New England for Richard Seymour—the Raiders can still make a trade similar to the Brandon Marshall deal of two Second Round picks.
Likely Trade: Oakland's 2011 Second Round pick and 2012 Second Round pick.