In what could be arguably one of the biggest possible acquisitions in Seattle Seahawks' history, they have received permission from the Chargers to talk to wide receiver Vincent Jackson about signing a long-term contract, according to Yahoo Sports.
Jackson is currently in a contract standoff with the Chargers, who have tendered him a one-year deal. Jackson claims he will sit out the first 10 games of the season to earn an accredited season if the Chargers don't restructure his contract, thus making him an unrestricted free agent in the next offseason.
The Chargers have shown no interest in signing him to a long-term deal that he finds sufficient, so a trade might come next. A source tells Yahoo Sports that the Chargers are willing to trade Jackson.
At 6'5", Jackson would instantly put the Seahawks in the conversation for the NFC West crown. Not only has Jackson been practicing with future franchise quarterback Charlie Whitehurst for the past couple of years in San Diego but his presence on the field would demand a double team, which in return would open the offense for key weapons like tight end John Carlson and wideouts Golden Tate and TJ Houshmandzadeh.
The threat of a passing game could allow the running game to be productive for the first time in what seems to be half a decade. And a offense that could control the ball would allow the Seahawk defense to rest longer, preventing them from being a liability.
At the end of the day, the most important aspect of the potential acquisition of Vince Jackson is the statement made by the Pete Carroll regime that the Seahawks intend to compete this year and for years to come.
As a result, I would have to retract the statement the Seahawks are at best a four-win team, but putting my foot in my mouth in exchange for a contender is worth it!
Better yet, a first- and a second-round pick in exchange for Jackson would be worth it, heck, the Seahawks have traded a first-round pick before to acquire a receiver better known for Neon green, then catching touchdown passes. So why not do it for one of the best young receivers in the NFL?
If the Seahawks have the chance to acquire Vincent Jackson, the move has to be made. The trigger has to be pulled, at whatever price!
The statement would be, “the future is now.”
Jackson has caught at least 50 passes for at least 1,000-plus yards and more than six touchdowns in the past two seasons. If he signs a long-term deal and goes to Seattle, he could be a very helpful option for QB Matt Hasselbeck and would be projected for 1,000 yards and seven-plus touchdowns even without playing the first three games of the season.
The Seahawks are in a position to shake up the NFC West. Seahawk fans is it true, is Pete Carroll really better than advertised? The coming days will tell. Seahawk fans, you have been put on notice.