NFL Rumors: Is Vincent Jackson Still on the Washington Redskins' Radar?

Adam HankinsCorrespondent IJuly 12, 2010

MIAMI GARDENS, FL - JANUARY 31:  Vincent Jackson #83 of the AFC's San Diego Chargers jogs on the field during the 2010 AFC-NFC Pro Bowl game at Sun Life Stadium on January 31, 2010 in Miami Gardens, Florida. The AFC defeated the NFC 41-34. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
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The rumors started several weeks ago about the possibility of the Washington Redskins trading for San Diego Chargers' receiver Vincent Jackson.

The concept of the trade itself sounded logical. The Redskins' biggest need right now would seem to be a true No. 1 receiver. The Chargers would also be able to get rid of the disgruntled Jackson in exchange for a high draft pick (or picks). 

There was only one problem.  

San Diego General Manager A.J. Smith said the Chargers had no interest in trading Jackson. Well known for his hard-nosed tactics, most league analysts don't expect Smith to give into Jackson's demands. 

On the other hand, in this particular situation, Smith may soon warm up to the idea of dealing Jackson. The trade makes too much sense to not give it serious consideration.  

Vincent Jackson wants a major Brandon Marshall type of contract, which San Diego refuses to discuss with him. So, he has promised to hold out for the first 10 weeks of the season (he's already been suspended for the first three, anyway). 

By holding out until Week 10, Jackson would still be able to claim a full year of service in 2010, which would lead to his eventual free agency next year. Thus, San Diego would only get him for a very limited six games, and then end up with no trade value when he turned into a free agent.

Of course, the Chargers could use the franchise tag on Jackson after this season, but would they want to? What good could come from prolonging the situation for another year?

San Diego would end up being the biggest loser in the situation if A.J. Smith continued to stubbornly refuse trade offers. If Jackson really did carry through with his hold out, it would be in the Chargers' best interests to trade him for a draft pick. 

Enter the Washington Redskins. 

The Redskins would love to have the 6'5", 230 pound target for Donovan McNabb. In fact, McNabb already has some chemistry with Jackson, having worked out with him in Arizona this year.  

Jackson would add the last missing piece to the Washington offense's playoff hope puzzle. He would give them a proven downfield threat at receiver.  

Jackson is a relatively young 27, and he would probably be worth a second round pick to the Redskins. While some might consider him a character risk with his current alcohol-related suspension, Mike Shanahan would be a good influence on him. 

Will the Chargers decide to part ways with a headache in Jackson? If so, would their trade demands be low enough to entice any teams into taking him? Is any team willing to give Jackson the contract he is looking for? 

There are a lot of questions still unanswered. But don't be surprised if the Redskins trade for Vincent Jackson in the near future.  

With some of the moves he has already made, Mike Shanahan has made it clear that he wants to win as soon as possible. While he won't mortgage the future to do so, he will seriously look at any player who might accelerate those winning ways. 

Vincent Jackson is one of those winners, and you can bet that Shanahan is watching carefully as the situation in San Diego unfolds.