Many people around the NFL believe if Vincent Jackson is traded from San Diego, it could come Saturday.
The Chargers’ holdout Pro Bowl receiver will serve a three-game NFL suspension, after two arrests for drunk driving, to start the season. If he is not on a roster by the 53-man roster deadline at 6 p.m. ET Saturday, he will not be eligible to play for another three weeks because the Chargers put him on the roster exemption list. If Jackson is traded after Saturday, the NFL Players Association will likely fight to get Jackson on the field as soon as his NFL suspension is over. It would be much cleaner if he was traded Saturday.
So far, there has been no progress, according to an NFL source. But that could change at a moment's notice.
A lot would have to happen for Jackson to be traded Saturday. The Chargers would have to give a team permission to talk to Jackson about a new contract, and a deal would have to be struck. Only Seattle has been given permission to talk to Jackson, but those talks have been dormant lately.
Then, if a team and Jackson come to a contract accord, the team and San Diego have to work out a suitable compensation package. It’s not a five-minute process. Still, if a team is motivated to get Jackson on Saturday, a deal could be struck. But as of now, nothing appears imminent.
Meanwhile, it is being reported that the Chargers have made an offer to Seattle for receiver T.J. Houshmandzadeh. However, now that San Diego has acquired Patrick Crayton from Dallas, any interest in Houshmandzadeh might be muted.
UPDATE: It’s being reported out of St. Louis the Rams may get in the Jackson mix.