Vincent Jackson Contract Holdout: Top Five Possible Trade Destinations
According to reports by NFL.com, San Diego Chargers wide receiver Vincent Jackson is prepared to sit out the entire 2010 season if he's not re-signed or traded.
After being voted into the Pro Bowl last season, Jackson had made it clear that he wants to sign a long-term deal with his demands being in the vicinity of a five-year, $50 million contract.
However, the Chargers have apparently showed their limited interest in making that happen, leaving us puzzled as to what the receiver's near future will hold.
Buying into his statements, his only other option appears to be a trade. Therefore, here are my top five possible destinations.
5. St. Louis Rams
Despite Sam Bradford's impressive preseason start against the New England Patriots, there is little hope in St. Louis, especially after their top receiver Donnie Avery suffered a knee injury that will sideline him for the remainder of the season.
The Rams, who've only won six games over the past three seasons, not only desperately need a spark that can ignite their franchise, but need to bring in a reliable target for Bradford.
While I personally wouldn't make the move, I think it's a definite possibility.
4. Oakland Raiders
The Raiders, even after the best offseason in recent history, have been a franchise marked by unorthodox decisions.
With Al Davis at the helm of control, truly anything can happen.
In order to help their new starting quarterback Jason Campbell, I'm sure they will want to provide him with a dynamic playmaker.
Moreover, the Oakland Raiders are one of the few teams that would be willing to pay Jackson his high asking price, making this a likely scenario.
3. Washington Redskins
By trading for 33-year old Donovan McNabb, head coach Mike Shanahan and the Washington Redskins organization showed that they have the desire to win now.
That being the case, they may want to provide their six-time Pro Bowl QB with a legitimate No. 1 receiver to throw to.
By doing so, I could see them bridging the gap between them and a possible playoff berth.
2. Chicago Bears
The Chicago Bears have had major issues at receiver for several years now, and trading for Jackson would definitely fill that hole. Moreover, it would bring the team one step closer to playoff contention.
Considering how aggressive they've been this offseason already and how head Coach Lovie Smith is on the hot seat, I wouldn't be surprised to see them make this move.
1. Seattle Seahawks
At the moment, the Seattle Seahawks are the only team that has shown genuine interest.
While the Chargers gave permission to the Seahawks to talk with Jackson, nothing serious has emerged.
Still, for a team that lacks a true No. 1 wideout and has already attempted to trade for Brandon Marshall, Seattle is Jackson's most likely destination.