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Tuesday, September 20, 2011
Franchise frenzy didn't include VJ

By Bill Williamson
ESPN.com

It is not a shock that the San Diego Chargers and receiver Vincent Jackson did not reach a new deal before Tuesday’s deadline to sign franchised players passed.

Baltimore Ravens defensive lineman Haloti Ngata signed a long-term extension Tuesday. He was the 10th of the 12 franchised players (including Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Tamba Hali and Oakland Raiders linebacker Kamerion Wimbley) to sign a long-term deal. Only Jackson and Miami Dolphins defensive tackle Paul Soliai did not agree to terms. They are set to be free agents in March.

San Diego can’t discuss a long-term deal with Jackson until after this season. This move was expected.

The Chargers have long planned to let Jackson play for the franchised deal. They want to see how he does this year and they want to see if he can stay out of trouble off the field before making a long-term commitment. Simply put, San Diego hasn’t decided what it will do about Jackson. It could always put the franchise tag on him again in February.

But if Jackson continues to play like he did Sunday at New England, it could sway the Chargers to lock him up for the long term. Jackson had 10 catches for 172 yards in San Diego’s 35-21 loss to the New England Patriots.