I know, Chargers fans. You don't want to think about this just yet.
Your season just ended in disappointing fashion, with another squandered chance at making a postseason run. The playoffs just started, and you'd like to have a little time to enjoy watching football just a little longer, as well as lick your wounds a bit.
Unfortunately, that's not the way things work. The early bird gets the worm, and all that. The Chargers will be hard pressed to retain Jackson's services, who is 28 and will be a free agent for the first time this year.
He sat out the first half of the season this past year due to his unhappiness over not being offered an extension last offseason, but returned in time to play just enough so that he would get credit for his time played this season, in order to still be a free agent now.
There will be lots of other teams ready and willing to line up for his services next season. So let's break out the crystal ball and take an early look at who those teams might be.