Another twist in Vincent Jackson saga

July, 22, 2011
7/22/11
5:55
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The Vincent Jackson saga that has been a sidebar to the NFL labor talks apparently isn’t over.

It was reported Thursday that the 10 plaintiffs named in the players' antitrust lawsuit against the NFL would not get in the way of the talks. However, ESPN’s Adam Schefter is reporting that Jackson, the San Diego Chargers’ star receiver, is not done with his fight. It doesn’t seem like Jackson’s talks will hold up the agreement on a new collective bargaining agreement, and Schefter suggested Jackson could sue the NFL independent of a new CBA.

Schefter reports Jackson wants $10 million or no franchise tag for life. Jackson, who held out most of last season, was franchised for the 2011 season by the Chargers.

Jackson has denied he has demanded anything, but Schefter reports people close to Jackson have made the demands.

I think it changes the ball game that Jackson’s fight has become an individual battle. He would have had problems if he held up the entire league because of his desires. Now that he is fighting alone, I think players will look at it as it is his business, so there likely won’t be much backlash.

It will be interesting to see where this situation lands. Still, I expect Jackson to be in San Diego this season as a franchised player. But this situation has twisted and turned all week, so we have to stay tuned.

Bill Williamson | email

ESPN San Francisco 49ers reporter

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