San Diego Chargers WR Vincent Jackson Could Hold Up Potential Labor Deal

Jay BrownContributor IJuly 20, 2011

SAINT PAUL, MN - APRIL 6: Wide receiver Vincent Jackson (L) of the San Diego Chargers and linebacker Von Miller of Texas A&M, who is entered in this year's NFL draft, leave following a hearing at the U.S. Courthouse on April 6, 2011 in Saint Paul, Minnesota. NFL players have filed an antitrust lawsuit against the NFL owners after labor talks between the two broke down last month. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)
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San Diego Chargers wide receiver Vincent Jackson could be one of the players that holds up a potential collective bargaining agreement between the NFL and NFLPA.

In order to get a deal done between the NFL and NFLPA, a settlement needs to be reached in the antitrust lawsuit against the NFL, in which Jackson is named as a plaintiff. If a settlement is not reached by Wednesday, it could further delay the ratification of a new CBA, and push the start of training camp back even farther.

The Chicago Bears and St. Louis Rams who are scheduled to play in the Hall of Fame game, will need to push back the start of their training camps to at least July 26, however that may be pushed back even farther if a deal isn't reached.

Agents for Vincent Jackson have stated they wanted their client be treated fairly and either get his freedom from the San Diego Chargers and to become and unrestricted free agent when the lockout ends or be compensated roughly $10 million.

According to a video report by ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter, Jackson could be the toughest plaintiff in the antitrust lawsuit against the NFL to win over.

Jackson had the franchise player tag placed on him by the Chargers, before the lockout began in March.

Jackson was a holdout during training camp, the entire preseason, and most of the 2010 regular season due to a contract dispute.

SAN DIEGO, CA - DECEMBER 16:  Wide receiver Vincent Jackson #83 of the San Diego Chargers dives into the endzone for a touchdown in the fourth quarter against the San Francisco 49ers at Qualcomm Stadium on December 16, 2010 in San Diego, California.  (Pho
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Jackson, who was due to become an unrestricted free agent, became a restricted free agent when the owners opted out of the previous Collective Bargaining Agreement. A fact that didn't sit well with the Chargers wide receiver.

Fans are well aware that Vincent Jackson, who made his first Pro Bowl appearance in 2009 isn't on Chargers general manager A.J. Smith's good side. Partly due to Jackson's off-field activities, including brushes with law enforcement officers.

Smith has stated on many occasions, "You're a Charger one year at a time."

In 2006, Jackson was arrested for suspicion of driving under the influence. He pleaded guilty to the charge and was placed on probation. In 2010, he was arrested and pleaded guilty again to suspicion of driving under the influence, however it was his actions before the Chargers' 2010 AFC Divisional playoff game against the New York Jets that may have been the final straw.

After leaving the Chargers' training facility, Jackson was pulled over by a San Diego police officer for playing loud music. During the traffic stop, he was briefly handcuffed and his vehicle was impounded.

He was cited for driving with a suspended license and expired tags on his vehicle.

Jackson would have to catch a ride with one of his Chargers teammates (Pro Bowl quarterback Philip Rivers) to Qualcomm Stadium.

The Chargers' would eventually lose to that AFC Divisional playoff game to the New York Jets.

It would be in the best interest of the Chargers to either cut Vincent Jackson loose, or possibly shop him during the preseason in the hopes that another team would be willing to part with a first round or possibly a second-round draft pick for him.

While Jackson may be an outstanding player, one player doesn't make a team. At this point, he is only concerned about what he is owed or what big money contract he can get. Let him be a problem (i.e. Chad Ochocinco, Terrell Owens) with another team.