San Diego Chargers: Legedu Naanee Arrested and Vincent Jackson Tagged
"Do you know who I am? I am an NFL player and I’m going to sue your ass."
Naanee, 27, reportedly came across a crime scene at 3:20 a.m. Tuesday morning, and after being asked multiple times to leave, Naanee was told that he was going to be arrested.
According to the police, Naanee had a "strong odor of an alcoholic beverage on or about his breath or person" and "actively began to pull away" when he was being arrested. The police officer then used pepper spray on Naanee, but he continued to resist arrest. He would be eventually handcuffed and put in the police car.
Legedu Naanee's status as a Charger was up in the air before this incident occurred, but now it is imminent that he will not be brought back to San Diego for the 2011 NFL season (if there is one).
Character is a huge deal to general manager A.J. Smith, and it is very doubtful that Naanee is re-signed to a team that he did not produce well for in 2010.
As for fellow Charger wide receiver, Vincent Jackson was hit with the non-exclusive franchise tag on Tuesday. This means that Jackson may negotiate a deal with another team, and if he receives an offer, the Chargers have the option to either match the deal offered or receive two first-round draft choices as compensation.
Jackson will receive a one-year tender worth the average of the top five salaries for wide receivers last year, which is supposed to be from $10 million to $11 million. That is, if San Diego does not work out a long term deal with the Pro Bowl wide receiver.
The option that might be taken away from the Chargers—due to there not being a new CBA—might be trading Jackson for high draft picks in this year's upcoming NFL Draft.
There are many fans and skeptics who believe that Jackson would be moved before the draft in April, but with no new CBA that is not an option.
Whether Naanee and/or Jackson returns to San Diego next season, expect QB Phillip Rivers to continue to play at an elite level regardless of who is on the field with him.
There is no doubt that Legedu Naanee and Vincent Jackson are weapons that Rivers likes to use, but if need be Rivers will look to Malcom Floyd or Patrick Crayton to step up for the Bolts next season.
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