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Tuesday, July 6, 2010
Big Question: Vincent Jackson's price tag?

By Bill Williamson
ESPN.com

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What will it take to pry Pro Bowl receiver Vincent Jackson from the San Diego Chargers?

Vincent Jackson
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.