Just how worried are the Minnesota Vikings about their 0-2 start this season? We could find out the answer to this question within the next few hours.
With San Diego Chargers disgruntled wide receiver Vincent Jackson still holding out and refusing to play for his team, many organizations have been said to be interested in signing Jackson. One of those teams being the Minnesota Vikings.
The Vikings risk having a depleted receiving core this season with their top wideout of 2009, Sidney Rice, set to sit out most of the year due to injury. Percy Harvin, another of Brett Favre’s favorite targets last season is also struggling with injury, and hasn’t seemed himself through the first few games.
So far Favre has had a difficult time being as productive as he was a year ago, and many blame this issue on the absence of that “go-to-guy” he had in Rice. This past weekend Favre had one of his worse games with the Vikings, throwing three interceptions and fumbling once.
With Vincent Jackson sitting and waiting for a deal to be done, he and the Vikings should be a match made in heaven, shouldn’t they?
The Vikings need a possession receiver, and someone that Favre can go to constantly and rely on in the big situations. Jackson has proved he can be a reliable target, boasting 198 career receptions and averaging 17.2 yards per catch average in his six-year NFL career.
There’s no doubt that the Vikings could use Vincent Jackson, but to expect that this is a move that could save their season is unrealistic.
Adding Jackson now and immediately putting the pressure on him to become a number-one receiver for Favre would be a heavy burden. He would need to quickly adjust and go through the process of learning a new offensive scheme. After missing all of training camp Jackson would also need to get himself into football shape before he can even be reliable on the field. Through Darelle Revis’ situation we’ve already seen the affect that missing camp and starting late can have on an NFL player.
Not only is this move unrealistic for the Vikings, what they would need to give up to acquire Jackson is as well. There have been reports that the initial asking price for Jackson was a second-round draft pick in the 2011 NFL draft, but more recently the Chargers are requesting a second-round 2011 pick and a third-round pick in 2012.
Seems like an awful lot for the Vikings to give up for what essentially would be a "rental" of Vincent Jackson's services in a one-year deal with the team.
With what the Vikings would have to give up to acquire Jackson, the downside just doesn’t even equal out with the upside. It would simply be too much to ask of Jackson, let alone any player.
It just seems best for the Vikings to deal with what they’ve been dealt, hang on to their draft picks and cash, and do their best to scheme an efficient game plan until Sidney Rice returns.
Minnesota will have till the 4pm ET trade deadline to make their own decision.