Seattle Seahawks Should Not Be Pursuing Vincent Jackson

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Seattle Seahawks Should Not Be Pursuing Vincent Jackson
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Just as we bring up the idea of the Seahawks going back to the San Diego trading well to explore Marcus McNeill, the Seahawks have indeed apparently opened talks with the Chargers again.

But, the Hawks reportedly are once again checking into wide receiver Vincent Jackson. The Chargers apparently have decided they are willing to trade the holdout receiver, and they have given Seattle permission to talk to Jackson’s agents about a contract.

The Seahawks obviously are enamored of Jackson’s size (6-5, 230) and recent production for the Chargers (consecutive 1,000-yard seasons, a 17.2-yard average per catch).

But there are so many warning bells going off against this deal.

While Jackson does not appear to be the kind of chucklehead that Brandon Marshall is in the locker room, Jackson certainly has an issue with drinking and driving, as his two DUIs (2006 and 2009) show. He is already suspended for the first three games of the upcoming season. Another incident would carry an even heavier penalty.

Also, as we pointed out in June, Jackson took four years to turn into a productive player for the Chargers, and that bodes poorly for a good transition from Norv Turner’s offense to Jeremy Bates’ scheme.

NFL history is filled with receivers who have failed miserably after changing teams. Jackson has all of the credentials to join that dubious roster.

Those concerns don’t even take into account what the Seahawks would have to pay both Jackson and the Chargers.

Jackson is said to want a deal worth $9 million per year, which is absolutely ludicrous. The Seahawks are already paying too much money to their receivers. T.J. Houshmandzadeh is a far more accomplished receiver and is overpaid at $8 million per season. Plus, Deion Branch is burning a $5.47 million hole in Paul Allen’s pockets.

The average salary of the top 10 receivers in 2009 was $8.65 million. Although Jackson tied for ninth in receiving yards (1,167) and touchdowns (nine), he ranked only 30th in receptions (68).  But the numbers the Seahawks seem to be enamored with are 6-5 (his height), 27 (his age) and 17.2 (yards reception last season and for his career).

So, what are they willing to pay for that?

And what are they willing to give the Chargers for the privilege of paying Jackson?

Chargers general manager A.J. Smith took advantage of Seattle’s power duo of Pete Carroll and John Schneider earlier this year when he pulled a second-round trade-up and a 2011 third-rounder for quarterback Charlie Whitehurst. He’ll surely try to sucker the Hawks again.

If the Seahawks really want to do this, though, there is no reason to give up more than a fourth-round pick in 2011 and perhaps a conditional 2012 pick that could go as high as the third round. Not for a guy who probably has hit his peak, who will miss the first three games this season and sit on the edge of a longer penalty beyond that and who might turn out to be every bit the chucklehead Marshall is.

The Seahawks have a pretty interesting crew of receivers as it is, with Houshmandzadeh, Branch, rookie Golden Tate and second-year speedster Deon Butler – plus veteran Ben Obomanu and comeback kid Mike Williams. They don’t need Jackson.

However, if the Seahawks manage to pull this deal off, the guess is they will then try to move Houshmandzadeh and his guaranteed $7 million salary.

In that case, they would be trading an almost 33-year-old who caught 79 balls last season and does not get into trouble off the field for a 27-year-old who occasionally flashes big-play ability but is another late night away from a long suspension.

This deal is simply not a good idea.

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