People close to Vincent Jackson tell me they’re convinced that he will ultimately be franchised, despite reports that the team won’t apply the tag. It would cost around $14 million for the Chargers to use the tag for a second straight year on the receiver.
That represents big money, for sure. But tight end Antonio Gates has slowed down some and the Chargers have already lost some receivers over the years. Letting a vertical threat like Jackson walk away would leave a big void.
The Chargers have Super Bowl aspirations and a coaching staff and front office under serious pressure to get back to the playoffs, or face major changes. Ownership has made that pretty clear.
Turner seemed to agree that going year-to-year with Jackson isn’t ideal, and said the team obviously wants to retain him.
“Were talking about all the different options we have and Vincent is an important guy for us and we want to have him back,” Turner said.
A long-term deal would make the most sense if it can be worked out, but general manager A.J. Smith has been hesitant to do that in years past. Perhaps this becomes the year, though sources have said there has not been progress to this point.