The wires are burning once again with rumors of a trade in San Diego.
With the recent statement made in the San Diego Union Tribune, it appears that Vincent Jackson really isn't in the team's plan for the future.
San Diego's restricted free agent situation has been a tough one, as both sides of the negotiations are locked in a staring contest, and left tackle Marcus McNeill appears to be the only one mature enough to break his gaze.
Many have speculated as to how this situation will be resolved, and, as information continues to come out about the conflict between AJ Smith, Vincent Jackson and Marcus McNeill, it becomes easier to draw conclusions about the future solutions to this issue.
Now that trade rumors are running rampant concerning Vincent Jackson, many people are wondering where he will go.
However, before we even consider the future of Vincent Jackson, it is important to look at how this potential trade will impact the San Diego Chargers.
Everyone can see the incredible talent that Vincent Jackson has, and his impact on the field is undeniable. He is never a showboat about it, and he truly comes through for the Chargers when they need it most.
However, his off-field issues are nothing short of a distraction.
He has had two DUIs, the most recent coming right before San Diego's playoff loss to the New York Jets.
Couple that with his contract holdout, and Vincent Jackson seems to be the ultimate locker room distraction for a team that needs to be focused coming into the 2010 season.
The Chargers are notorious for starting off slow, and have shown an inability to focus in the face of controversy.
If Vincent Jackson was to be traded, the team could move on from this ridiculous issue and focus on priority No. 1: The Lombardi Trophy.
Vincent Jackson is a true No. 1 receiving option, which had a lot of people worried about his holdout.
While the depth behind Jackson is good, all the players are generally unproven, and none of them are proven top receivers.
Without Jackson, Malcolm Floyd would be "the guy" (aside from Antonio Gates), and right now he is playing well enough to justify that change.
In addition, this move would ask more of receivers like Legedu Naanee, Craig "Buster" Davis and Josh Reed. All three can do a fine job of being ancillary options, so there is no reason to believe that the supporting cast is questionable.
Jackson is a star; that is undeniable.
However, AJ Smith appears unwilling to pay him like a star, or even treat him like an indispensable part of the team, because, in his eyes, Jackson is not.
There are teams in the NFL, such as Seattle or Washington, that would be willing to pay Vincent Jackson the money he deserves and give him the respect that a top-five talent deserves.
This holdout is just as much about getting the proper respect for his talent as it is about the money he is earning. Jackson wants to go somewhere where he will be truly appreciated. He'll never get that kind of attention in San Diego, so perhaps it is best that he be sent to another team.
While the San Diego Chargers did a fine job of addressing positions of need this off season (both through the draft and through free agency), it is hard to deny that there are still holes in this team in transition.
San Diego appears to have covered a lot of bases, but there are still necessities present, as well as some starting to develop (either on account of age, injury or contract issues).
Despite the apparently fantastic off seasons that Tyronne Green and Brandyn Dombrowski are having, the right tackle position is the one thing keeping the Chargers from having the perfect offense.
Jeromey Clary could possibly be a solid right tackle, but injuries are keeping him from reaching his full potential. A solid second option would really help San Diego.
The Chargers also need to address the defensive end spot. Luis Castillo is a very capable player, and will hold down his spot on the team at least through the end of his contract.
However, the other side of the line is less than solid, filled with backup players like Jacques Cesaire, Travis Johnson and Vaughn Martin.
Tight end is also a position worth considering. Dedrick Epps was drafted this year, but the reports on the rookie so far are neutral at best.
It would be in the Chargers' best interests to put a solid investment into a young tight end some time in the next few years, someone who can sit and learn behind legend Antonio Gates, who turned 30 two months ago.
Since the holdout fiasco began, it has been the only thing that San Diego fans (and the media alike) talk about. Everyone wants to know when it will end, how they will cope, and what AJ Smith should do about it all.
It is time for that to stop.
Should Vincent Jackson be shipped off to another team, San Diego fans can have some closure on the situation. In the end, they will probably come out happy with the results.
Vincent Jackson will fetch a decent price in draft picks, allowing the Chargers to pursue future and more necessary talent.
The departure of Jackson would also free up money that could be used on people more vital to the success of the team (like, say, Marcus McNeill).
A Vincent Jackson trade would finally end this ridiculous issue for San Diego fans, something that would be much appreciated among the ardent fan base.