Sunday, September 19, 2010
Mort: Vikings could make play for Jackson
By Bill Williamson
SAN DIEGO – There soon could be movement on the Vincent Jackson trade front.
ESPN’s Chris Mortensen is reporting that the Minnesota Vikings are considering making a push for the Chargers’ holdout Pro Bowl receiver.
The Vikings will have to come to a contract accord with Jackson and agree on trade compensation with the Chargers. Mortesen said the Vikings could offer Jackson a one-year deal. Jonathan Feinsod, one of Jackson’s agents, said this month that they agreed to a one-year deal with an unnamed team, but the deal couldn’t be finalized because the team and the Chargers could not agree on compensation.
That, of course, will be the final hurdle for Minnesota or any other team looking to trade for Jackson. I know there are teams motivated to make a deal, but the Chargers have to be interested in dealing him. If they aren’t, Jackson won’t go anywhere.
Under a settlement reached Thursday, Jackson has to sit out the first four games of the season under suspension -- instead of six -- if he is traded by 4 p.m. Wednesday. If that window closes without a deal, Jackson will only be able to be traded after the Chargers’ sixth game Oct. 17 and before the Oct. 19 trade deadline.