The NFL suspended San Diego Chargers Pro Bowl wide receiver Vincent Jackson three games for violating the league's personal conduct policy, a league source said Thursday.
The three-game suspension can be reduced upon appeal, but it is uncertain whether Jackson will appeal. He pleaded guilty in February to driving under the influence, his second conviction.
Jackson's suspension could be a moot point, however. He has been planning to not report to the Chargers unless he signs a long-term contract extension that nobody believes is forthcoming.
If the season begins and Jackson has not reported to the team, then he would be suspended for three games that he wouldn't have played in anyway.
The suspension has been looming for some time, and was rumored to be of the 4 game variety, but getting it out in the open clears things up a bit. Jackson's fantasy stock continues to drop, as that of Malcom Floyd and to a lesser extent Legedu Naanee is on the rise. Philip Rivers takes a bit of a hit (early season QB4, QB7 in todays updated rankings), but ultimately we believe in his ability to find the open receiver and make his teammates better.
The official suspension will likely make it more difficult for the Chargers to trade Jackson. Some thought the Chargers could be asking for as much as a 1st or a pair of 2nd round picks. It's worth noting that Santonio Holmes only fetched a 5th round pick when facing a 4-game suspension to start the season.