San Diego Chargers Vincent Jackson received some good news today. The NFL and the NFL Players Association agreed to cut the wide receivers suspension from six to four games, with one important stipulation: the Lighting Bolts must trade the troubled Jackson by next Wednesday.
Jackson is currently serving a league mandatory three game suspension for a pair of DUI’s. San Diego also tacked on an additional three games for missing their training camp. If San Diego finds a suitor for Jackson’s services, the second suspension will be lifted except for one game.
Coming off a 2009 season in which he had 1,167 receiving yards and 9 touchdowns, the sixth year Northern Colorado product is a legitimate number one receiver who could help any number of teams.
So all of this leads us to the most important question, who will Jackson play with during the 2010 NFL season?
No one seems to know for sure, but Sportsbook.com seems to think they have a good idea. The online gaming giant just released betting odds with this very question in mind.
Minnesota Vikings +200
This is the most obvious spot for Jackson to land. After the Brett Favre drama this past summer, it is obvious the Vikings have their sites set on the Super Bowl; anything less will be considered a failure. Favre’s number one target from 2009, Sidney Rice, is lost for a good portion of the season with a hip injury.
If their opening night loss to the Saints is any indication, Minnesota needs wide receiver help ASAP. With a whopping 29 yards, Greg Camarillo led the Vikings’ receiving corp in yardage last Thursday night.
Jacksonville Jaguars +250
After an 11 win season in 2007, Jacksonville is coming off two straight losing seasons. There is still some decent talent on the Jaguars roster and David Garrard is an experienced quarterback coming off an impressive season opener. Jackson would fit in nicely opposite Mike Sims-Walker, giving the Jags a very impressive receiving combo.
If the Jags don’t start winning consistently, one has to think Head Coach Jack Del Rio could find himself on the ‘hot seat’. Often when a coach has his back up against a wall, teams make a ‘win now’ type of move. The Chargers actually visit Jacksonville this weekend, making it convenient for both teams to discuss a swap.
Chicago Bears +300
During the 2009 offseason the Bears pulled off a blockbuster deal by acquiring quarterback Jay Cutler from the Denver Broncos. Cutler’s first year in the Windy City was a disappointment, throwing 26 interceptions en route to a QB rating of 76.8. But let’s face it, Cutler’s wide receivers don’t strike fear in the hearts of many defensive backfields.
The acquisition of Jackson would do wonders to Cutler’s performance one has to think. The Bears front office has been criticized for the Cutler move last year; they might trade for Jackson in attempt to ‘save face’. Also trading for Julius Peppers this past offseason, the Bears aren’t afraid to pulling the trigger on big name trades.
San Diego Chargers +350
Before Monday night, these odds would have been much longer. However, the Chargers were upset by the Kansas Chiefs and it was obvious that QB Phillip Rivers could have used his big play receiver. The Chargers are a team that is built to win now having dominated the AFC West over recent years.
Legedu Naanee had a very nice game Monday nigh catching five balls for 110 yards and a score reassuring Chargers’ brass that they don’t need Jackson. Don’t hold your breath for Jackson playing in So Cal any time soon. The +350 odds at Sportsbook.com are definitely too short, don’t waste your money.
Washington Redskins +400
Over recent years, no owner has brought in bigger names via trade or free agency then Daniel Snyder. Just over the offseason the Skins traded for aging Donovan McNabb. In trading for a 34 year old quarterback, Snyder obviously thinks the Redskins can challenge soon. Their Sunday night upset over the Dallas Cowboys adds fuel to the fire.
Besides Santana Moss, Washington’s wide receivers are well below average; McNabb surely can use some targets. Washington has their own headache they are shopping in Albert Haynesworth. Could a swap of malcontents be in the works? Probably not, but it's fun to ponder nonetheless…
Seattle Seahawks +400
The Seahawks made a statement last weekend, beating up on the NFC favorites, San Francisco 49ers. The NFC West is the worst division in the NFL and the Seahawks have enough talent to win the division. However, Matt Hasselbeck could definitely use some better wide outs. It is unlikely that journeymen Deion Branch and Mike Williams, alongside unproven rookie Golden Tate will help Hasselbeck get back to the playoffs.