Vincent Jackson had 68 catches for 1,167 yards and nine touchdowns last season.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported Monday that the Chargers are not actively shopping Jackson and a trade of the receiver, who is expected to hold out for several weeks into the regular season in a contract dispute, is a long shot.
I agree. Trading Jackson won’t be easy for San Diego.
That’s because the Chargers are not just going to give him away. A trade is unlikely because his price tag would be high.
Jackson is becoming one of the NFL’s best receivers. But there is baggage involved. He is facing a NFL suspension after two drunken driving arrests and he will want a huge contract from any team that deals for him. Jackson probably will be looking for a contract slightly north of the five-year, $50 million deal Brandon Marshall got from Miami after he was traded from Denver in April.
In addition to Jackson's desire for a new deal, the cost to obtain him in a trade would be steep. That brings us back to Marshall. Denver received a second-round pick in 2010 and a second-round pick in 2011 from Miami for Marshall. The Chargers probably will be looking for something in that neighborhood for Jackson, who is a comparable player to Marshall.
Perhaps San Diego would take a second-rounder and a conditional mid-round pick. But if teams think San Diego will simply punt Jackson and his headaches away for a fourth- or fifth-round pick, they are sadly mistaken.
It will cost a lot to get Jackson. That’s why a trade will be difficult to pull off.