Vincent Jackson, Chargers could work out for the long haul

If Vincent Jackson continues to produce as one of the top wide receivers in the league – and if he keeps himself out of trouble – the San Diego Chargers could very well follow up his franchise tag this season with the long-term extension Jackson has been seeking.

Everyone is playing nice in training camp – something Jackson skipped out on a year ago – and he’s signed his franchise tag that will guarantee him $11.4 million this season. For now, he’s going to have to sit around and wait until Thursday when he can begin practicing per the league rules.

Everything seems harmonious after Jackson was part of the Tom Brady lawsuit and reports swirled he was looking for $10 million to settle his portion of the suit. Chris Jenkins of the San Diego Union-Tribune indicates general manager A.J. Smith has indicated a big contract for Jackson could come one day. For now, they focus on the present.

“It’s exciting, good to be here on time,” said Jackson. He added, "I want to play football. I want to play it here.

“When I came in this afternoon … it’s like a reunion with your family. Guys are waiting on me with open arms. A.J. is there. (Team president Dean) Spanos is there. We’ve never had anything personal about it, no confrontations.
“It is a business and things can be shot back and forth, but honestly, I’ve never had a problem with anybody in this building. I feel like this is home.”

That’s a far cry from what San Diego felt like to Jackson at this time a year ago.

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