Vikings running out of time to make a deal for Vincent Jackson

At this point, it looks like it will take a Hail Mary to get a Vincent Jackson trade done before this afternoon’s 4 p.m. deadline.

The Minnesota Vikings need to address their problems at wide receiver, but Jackson has high salary demands and the San Diego Chargers aren’t about to give away the suspended star. That leaves the situation hanging in the balance.

Rumors have been flying for a couple of days and it’s impossible to rule anything out, but once Sidney Rice returns, the Vikings will have two players who are pretty much the same. Is that what they need?

So, the Vikings went a less costly route, at least for now, signing Hank Baskett after he was cut loose by the Philadelphia Eagles. Baskett was released by the Eagles so they would have room to sign running back Joique Bell off the practice squad of the Buffalo Bills.

Rice is out until at least midseason for the Vikings and now Percy Harvin is battling a hip injury that could keep him on the sideline for a bit. The Vikings’ defense has played very well through two games but the offense needs some help for Brett Favre, who has been misfiring.

Baskett has experience with the Vikings in the past. He can also help on special teams. The big question is whether or not big help will arrive in the form of Jackson, who would be eligible to play after two more games on the suspended list in Week 5.

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