I've been reading a couple of articles as of late. Many articles pointing to the "fact" that Vincent Jackson should be traded soon in order for the San Diego Chargers to get at least a second-round pick for the disgruntled star instead of a first-round pick.
With all the arguments that were made, this is probably the one statement that I've heard everyone argue: "If the Broncos got two second-round picks for Brandon Marshall and the Steelers got nothing more than a fifth-round pick for Santonio Holmes, there is no way that the Chargers will get anything more than a second-rounder if they're lucky."
That is the case for most teams if they had to deal with Vincent Jackson, but there is one variable they aren't factoring in: AJ Smith.
AJ Smith will get the maximum for what he believes Vincent Jackson is worth. He doesn't care if he sits out the entire season. It's the principle.
Here are the things working in AJ Smith's favor, Jackson is still in his prime at 27 years old. Jackson is a outstanding run-blocker as he is a elite deep threat.
At 6'5" and 230+ lbs., he's a end zone threat that no defense wants to deal with. Jackson had not shown any decline in his ability as of yet but continues to get better.
The argument that the Chargers won't get anything more than a second-round pick is ludicrous as there are more pros than cons on getting a player like Jackson.
He has only two DUIs. If the two DUIs were such a concern, why are their rumors of many teams looking for his services?
Another thing I like to point out is AJ Smith ALWAYS gets the advantage on trades. Let me point out every trade that I know of to prove my point.
In 2001, the Chargers traded their first choice in the first round to the Falcons in return for their fifth choice in the first round, a third round pick, a 2002 draft second round pick, and also for Tim Dwight.
So in by the conclusion of this trade, Atlanta got Michael Vick. The Chargers got LaDainian Tomlinson, Tay Cody, Reche Caldwell, and Tim Dwight. Who got the best of the trade? The Chargers.
In 2004, the Chargers traded Eli Manning to the Giants in return for Philip Rivers, a third-round pick, a fifth-round pick in the 2005 draft, and a first-round pick in the 2005 draft.
So in conclusion, the Giants just got Eli Manning. The Chargers on the other hand got Philip Rivers, Shawne Merriman, Nate Kaeding, and Roman Oben. Who got the best of the trade? The Chargers did.
In 2007, the Chargers traded their 2008 second-round pick to the Dolphins for Chris Chambers. The Dolphins ended up getting Chad Henne.
The Chargers got the better end of this trade as Chris Chambers helped ease the transition of a first-year head coach Norv Turner in using his Vertical Offense, helping the Chargers get to the AFC Championship game in 2007 after over 12 years.
This off-season so far, the Chargers traded Antonio Cromartie to the Jets for a 3rd round conditional pick. This means that if Cromartie outplays the third round pick he was traded for, it then becomes a second-round choice in favor to the Chargers for the 2011 draft.
Who got the better end of this trade? Both teams. Cromartie fits their scheme and the Chargers get a good pick for a player who didn't perform in the last two years.
It's too early to say who got the better end of the Ryan Mathews draft trade. The truth is that AJ Smith will not give up a player unless it works in favor of the Chargers.
Cromartie haven't performed well in two years so all the Chargers could do is get a third-round pick for him but if he does well, it turns into a second-round pick. AJ Smith was smart to add that in.
Do you honestly believe that AJ Smith will give up Vincent Jackson for a second-round pick if he's been at the top of his game the last two seasons? I think not. Jackson is a great commodity for any NFL team to have and right now, AJ Smith has the advantage.
Antonio Gates tried to do something similar to what Vincent Jackson is doing and he ended up getting fined, which in turned made him decide to get back on the field.
Michael Turner commanded a lot of interest but he signed his tender, as he knew the best thing he should do is play it out and then find another team as a unrestricted free agent.
Malcom Floyd also was smart enough to sign his tender as it was the smartest move he could have made.
Vincent Jackson should have done the same as the Chargers will continue to hold his rights if he's that dumb to hold out for the rest of the season.
In the end, AJ Smith will get the best deal of any trade. Always in the advantage of the Chargers. If Vincent Jackson wants to hold out for the season, it's all good as the Chargers will receive a 3rd round compensatory pick for him anyway when any team signs him.
Believe me, if AJ Smith was the GM for the Broncos, that Brandon Marshall trade would have NEVER happened and he would force any team to give up their first-round pick and then some.
Same can be said about the Steelers, he would have NEVER gave up Santonio Holmes to the Jets for a fifth-rounder. That is just ludicrous!
I'm glad AJ Smith have a tough stance on how things are done. If it weren't for him being stubborn and holding true to his values, the Chargers would have NEVER gone this far being successful the way they are.
Shawne Merriman, Roman Oben, Ryan Mathews, Tim Dwight, Nate Kaeding, and many other players would have never been a Charger if it weren't for AJ Smith doing things his way.
I'm sure that success would have eventually came down the road for the Chargers but AJ Smith and the late John Butler both made the distance much shorter on that next stop to the Super Bowl.