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Friday, August 20, 2010
Seahawks' interest in Vincent Jackson

By Mike Sando

The San Diego Chargers loved what they got from the Seattle Seahawks in return for third-string quarterback Charlie Whitehurst.

Why not see how much the Seahawks value Vincent Jackson, the Chargers' estranged Pro Bowl receiver?

That's one way to view the Chargers' decision to give the Seahawks permission to speak with Jackson's agent regarding a contract. From the Seahawks' perspective, they tried and failed to land Brandon Marshall from the Denver Broncos when Marshall was a restricted free agent. Why not take a look at Jackson, another restricted free agent with an uncertain future?

Jackson faces a three-game suspension to start the 2010 regular season. The Seahawks are already without the 2011 third-round choice they traded to San Diego as part of the Whitehurst deal. Seattle's need for a receiver has diminished some with Golden Tate's emergence and Mike Williams' revival, but Jackson's credentials separate him from any receiver on the Seahawks' roster.

If the Seahawks can come up with proposals that make all parties happy, they could come away with a game-changing receiver -- and someone already familiar with Whitehurst.

There's no risk in at least investigating.

Note: Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune says the Chargers are asking for a second-round choice.