The NFL season is through five weeks of its season, but still without two of its big name players. Vincent Jackson, a wide receiver for the Chargers, and Logan Mankins, a left guard for the Patriots are both holding out for a better contract situation.
With the divide they have created with their current teams, its likely that when their contracts expire this year that they'll be moving on. However, there is a chance that they will move on before the year ends. Here is a look at each players potential trade situations.
Vincent Jackson WR, San Diego Chargers:
Jackson has one of the most interesting cases of any holdout in recent memory. He was suspended for three games to start the season for past DUI offenses, but thought it would be smart to holdout anyways. When Jackson didn't show up to the Chargers camp, San Diego put him on an exempt list not allowing him to play for three more games.
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The Chargers had a chance to trade Jackson by September 22, which would have allowed him to play starting in Week 5, but didn't take any of the multiple offers that were supposedly on the table. Jackson said he feels like the way the Chargers are handling the situation is "unethical" and says he is "disappointed."
He says all he wants to do is play football, which seems a little untrue, or else he would be on the field with San Diego right now.
After the September 22 trade deadline passed, many teams seemingly dropped off the radar for Jackson. The Vikings shored up their pass attack with the addition of Randy Moss, the Rams said no thanks. Many thought the Patriots could use him until they brought back Deion Branch. While every team could use a big play Receiver like Jackson, nobody wants him.
Jackson will report to play for the Chargers by October 31 to secure Unrestricted Free Agency for next season. Make no doubts about it, Vincent Jackson won't be seen in any uniform other than San Diego's.
Logan Mankins, G, New England Patriots:
Logan Mankins, like Jackson refused to sign his restricted free agent deal, and through five weeks has been stuck sitting at home. Sadly for Mankins the Pats haven't missed him much, Tom Brady has led the Patriots to a 3-1 start and has been sacked only five times.
Mankins hasn't seemed to draw as many big offers as Jackson did, and the Patriots more than likely won't listen simply because they don't like the way Mankins handled his situation. There were some wild rumors that a Jackson for Mankins deal could be done, but it seems any chance of that happening went out the window when New England got Deion Branch back.
The outlook for Mankins looks bleak, with ESPN's Adam Schefter saying he's not sure the Pats have really had an offer on the table for Mankins. The probability is high that the two-time Pro Bowler will report to, and play for the Pats by November 16 to ensure he becomes an unrestricted free agent next year.
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