Early this season, the Chargers were details away from sending Vincent Jackson to the Vikings for draft picks.
That was until Chargers GM A.J. Smith, the man they deride as the “Lord of No Rings,” heightened demands to make a trade untenable.
Because of that, Jackson won’t be allowed to play until Week 7, when his value will drop a lot. But given the talent of Jackson, there will be teams interested.
Here are some teams that should make a play for his services.
What could be more satisfying for Bears fans than sticking it to the Vikings?
The Bears have a bad wide receiving corps to help out Jay Cutler. If Jackson were to show up at a reasonable price, the Bears could contend for the NFC North title.
The Bears have not had a competent offense since... Anyway, with another wide receiver they could easily compete with anyone offensively and take the pressure off their aging defense.
Just a few years ago, Dwayne Bowe looked like a perennial Pro Bowl lock. Now he looks like he should be playing second base for the Braves.
Despite their anemic passing offense, the Chiefs are 3-1 with a fairly easy schedule. It might be tough for Smith to trade within the division, but the Chiefs are certainly an easy landing point.
With Jamaal Charles at running back and Jackson and Bowe lined up to relieve pressure, the Chiefs would easily win the AFC West.
The Titans have one of the worst passing offenses in the league but have still managed a 3-2 record. They have lackluster wide receivers and could use a shot in the arm at the position.
They already have one of the best running backs in the league and could take pressure off him by giving Vince Young another talented target.
Although Seattle is currently in rebuilding mode, picking up a young wide receiver couldn’t hurt them. They just traded aging Deion Branch to the Patriots for a fourth rounder and are very thin at the wide receiver position.
While a trade like this would make more sense after the season, when they could more actively pursue players to improve their roster down the road, the NFC West is so bad that the Seahawks have a great shot at the playoffs this season.
Rookie quarterback Sam Bradford sure could use some toys to play with. Bradford has looked exceptionally good through five games for a rookie quarterback with the tools the team has around him.
If they were to somehow work out a trade for Jackson at a fair price, it would greatly enhance their offensive attack. Think about the Dual-Jackson Attack they could have.