Thursday, September 9, 2010
Austin deal could affect Jackson talks
By Bill Williamson
Another wide receiver signed a lucrative contract extension, and once again, it is not San Diego holdout Pro Bowl receiver Vincent Jackson.
But expect Jackson and his agents to take notice. Dallas’ Miles Austin, on the benefit of a breakout 2009 season, signed a new deal. ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports its worth $57 million over six years.
I’d expect Jackson to ask for a tad more, particularly since he is a more established player than Austin. Jackson’s agents have denied they have asked for Brandon Marshall money, but I don’t think they would accept a long-term deal for less than the five years and $50 million that Marshall received.
Jonathan Feinsod, one of Jackson’s agents, said during the weekend that the team had a one-year contract workout with an unnamed team but San Diego couldn’t come to a draft-pick compensation agreement with the team. I don’t know what the one-year deal was worth, but if talks commence again with Jackson and that team or another, San Diego may give permission and I’d think it’d be for a higher average than Austin is receiving from Dallas.
While there has been no progress in the Jackson stalemate, there is plenty of action elsewhere and it will have an affect on the Jackson situation whenever it is resolved.