Report: Chargers likely to place franchise tag on Jackson

NFL teams can begin placing the franchise tag or transition tag on players on Thursday, and it’s expected that Vincent Jackson will be among those being tagged in the next two weeks.

While the San Diego Chargers have not made any type of announcement, Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports that general manager A.J. Smith has been leaning in that direction for months. It makes sense. The Chargers need the big-play wide receiver and by tagging him they can potentially work on a longterm extension or evaluate him for another season before determining if they want to invest in a player who has run into trouble off the field.

The NFLPA has maintained that the franchise and transition tags are no longer viable, but no one expects the new CBA not to include provisions for tagging players. It would mean roughly $10 million for Jackson in 2011, and he surely knows he needs a full season to best establish himself for a big pay day. Jackson has reportedly been angling for a $50 million deal with $30 million guaranteed. Given the DUI’s he’s received, he’ll need some clear service time to convince someone he’s worth a huge investment.

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