The San Diego Chargers took a roll of the dice on Monday, not franchising receiver Vincent Jackson again but telling him they still want to re-sign him to a long-term deal.
Chargers general manager A.J. Smith explained to the San Diego Union-Tribune the thought process of not paying the franchise number that would have been $13.7 million to ensure that Jackson stays a Bolt in 2012.
“If we decide to franchise Vincent we all know the number,” Smith said. “If we decide to pursue a long-term deal we will have a great offer, a great package both in years and money. I hope it’s acceptable to them. We would love to have Vincent continue to be a member of our team. If they like our contract and think it’s of fair value for them, they will accept. If not, they will be picking a team and contract to their liking – a team that they feel is best for them. I understand the process and respect their position.”
According to the story, the Chicago Bears and Buffalo Bills are among a number of teams the Chargers could find competition with if Jackson gets to the open market on March 13.
Terry McCormick covers the Titans for TitanInsider.com