Vincent Jackson: Minnesota Vikings Must Acquire Pro Bowl Receiver

Tanner ThomsSenior Analyst ISeptember 22, 2010

SAN DIEGO - JANUARY 17:  Wide receiver Vincent Jackson #83 of the San Diego Chargers runs after a catch against the New York Jets during  AFC Divisional Playoff Game at Qualcomm Stadium on January 17, 2010 in San Diego, California. A flag on the play negated the catch. (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)
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The title may be misleading to some, therefore I will clarify. To this point, nothing is official. The only thing I have to rely on are rumors and pure speculation.

ESPN's Adam Schefter reported yesterday that a deal for Vincent Jackson looks like a long-shot at this point in time. With that said, more rumors have surfaced that Minnesota is inching closer to a deal with the Chargers.

A Vikings team plane was seen arriving in San Diego, California Tuesday morning. This clearly isn't just Minnesota checking up on how the Chargers feel about their season thus far.

It's clear that the Chargers General Manager A.J. Smith isn't budging on a trade unless he gets the right compensation for the Pro Bowl wide-out.

There was some talk that said Jackson to the Vikings was a done deal, or as close to one as possible. This gossip was immediately denied by well-known Vikings writer, Judd Zulgad.

Minnesota appears very persistent about getting a deal as soon as possible. Typically when the Vikings' organization wants something, they get it.

San Diego will likely not deal their No. 1 receiver for anything less than a second-round-pick, which shouldn't be a problem for the Vikings to deal in return.

Remember, Minnesota traded a first-rounder, a pair of third-rounders and a swap of sixth-round-picks in exchange for All-Pro defensive end Jared Allen.

They obviously are not a team that is shy about making a deal that will improve an area that needs work.

Judging by how well Allen has panned out, the Vikings should expect the same result for Jackson.

Despite St. Louis, Seattle and Washington all being in the hunt for Jackson, none of these teams will likely be a destination where Jackson would like to land.

The Chargers should get whatever they can for a guy that will most definitely sit out the entire season if he's not traded away. San Diego clearly has plenty to gain from this deal.

While I'm torn on whether they'll strike a deal by tomorrow's deadline, I do believe some sort of trade will occur somewhere in the very near future.

Smith is the only person that is keeping a deal from being done. It's been reported that his asking price is much higher than what any team is willing to give up.

In addition, Minnesota has signed former Philadelphia Eagle, Hank Baskett, the same day after being released by the Eagles.

While this is not a sign of desperation, the chances for the Vikings to make a blockbuster deal are slowly begin to lose it's luster.

If Jackson is not traded away by tomorrow, his suspension will remain at six games, which will lead teams to giving up even less to acquire Jackson, actually.

Personally, I am sick of all the talk and rumors. I'm even sure that some of you are sick of reading what I wrote about him. I just want a deal to get done.

Minnesota won't have many needs to fill through the draft, so giving up a pick or two wouldn't be the worst thing in the world for them.

Although a trade is not close to happening yet, I expect a lot of chatter and rumors to divulge over the course of the next 20 hours or less.

Trust me, you will be hearing plenty more from me regarding the latest rumors from whatever reliable source I can find.

I would very much appreciate anyone's opinion on whether or not they believe Minnesota should make the deal, and if so, what should they give up in return?

As evidence by what you've read, my opinion is crystal clear.

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