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Vikings should make a play for Bolts' Jackson

Posted on: August 24, 2010 1:11 pm
Edited on: August 24, 2010 1:18 pm
Posted by Will Brinson

The news that 2009 Pro Bowler Sidney Rice will miss at least half the regular after undergoing hip surgery (and possibly more, depending on the timetable) is pretty devastating for the Vikings' hopes for 2010, since they'll likely be without a legit No. 1 wideout for most of the season. That's why it sure does seem logical for the Minnesota to inquire about picking up disgruntled wide receiver Vincent Jackson from the San Diego Chargers.

Jackson is currently holding out from Chargers camp and seems likely to bail on the season in San Diego -- so much so that the Chargers gave the Seattle Seahawks permission to chat   with Jackson and his agent about a contract in order to make a trade.

It's believed that the Bolts want a second-rounder for Jackson, and that price, given the Vikings need at wide receiver, is just about right for Minny.

Currently, the Vikings are staring down an ugly situation whereby their wide receiver depth chart reads as follows: Bernard Berrian, Percy Harvin, Greg Lewis, Javon Walker. Dearth of talent aside, this is problematic for a few reasons.

First, Berrian is much, much better suited as a deep threat than a true No. 1. Secondly, Harvin's talents are ideally utilized in the slot position, where the Vikes can move him all over the field. Third, Lewis and Walker aren't guys you want being forced into semi-major roles, much less starting gigs, should another injury occur.

The possibility of dealing for Jackson isn't without its cons, though: One issue facing a possible deal is that the Vikings would almost certainly have to ink Jackson to a long-term deal. That's expensive, obviously, and they just opened up their wallet to guarantee that Brett Favre would return for 2010 (although, really, they should just demand he take a pay cut).

Also, Jackson will miss the first three games of the season due to an NFL-imposed suspension, which severely saps his value when talking both trade and contract.

So maybe management doesn't make it rain on a guy who'll be locked in as a Viking for a long time AND miss some of this season because of personal conduct issues, but at this point, with almost all of their chips firmly planted in the center of the "win now" table, why not?

They've got an uncapped year on their hands, and since they don't provide an inter-conference or inter-division threat to the Chargers, there's really no reason why they shouldn't be at least willing to discuss contract with another 2009 Pro Bowler to fill what is suddenly the biggest positional depth problem on a team that appears pretty desperate to throw everything at a Super Bowl run this year.

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Posted on: August 24, 2010 6:40 pm

Vikings should make a play for Bolts' Jackson

I'd make the move in a heartbeat.  No guarantees that Rice comes back by midseason.  Berrian has a history of injuries, another leg injury affecting his speed and his impact deteriorates.  Harvin with his migraine problems.  I seriously doubt that Jackson becomes a luxury during the second half even if Rice returns at a high level in 8-9 weeks.   I think that the Vikings are going to need a healthy, productive WR in the mix all the way to the end of their run this year and Jackson fits the bill.

Since: Sep 27, 2006
Posted on: August 24, 2010 4:17 pm

Vikings should make a play for Bolts' Jackson

Yeah, I agree -- there are tons of reasons why it doesn't work -- my point is just that they have a VERY small window for a SB run, and it's this year. Provided they don't find a new QB that can produce at Favre's level anyway. 
So why not go all-in? Also, I probably should have included the fact that I don't think Rice will be back as soon as midseason.

Since: May 31, 2007
Posted on: August 24, 2010 3:33 pm

Vikings should make a play for Bolts' Jackson

I don't know that Jackson would be a good idea for the Vikings.

First off, you have to assume the new CBA will still include a salary cap.  If they ink Jackson to a long-term deal, will they be able to afford to keep Rice and Harvin also when the time comes to re-up their deals?  Also, their biggest issue right now is covering for the first 8-9 games while Rice is unavailable.  Is it worth trading a high pick and spending all that cash for a guy who is going to miss a third of those games that you need him for anyway?

Essentially, you're talking about a high salary, high signing bonus, and high draft pick for a guy that will be useless for 3 games, helpful for 5-6, and then a luxury from there on out.  If you're going to spend money and draft picks to fill the hole, find a team that's willing to part with someone that can play come week 1.  You may not get someone quite as good as Jackson, but it'll be cheaper, helpful for the entirety of Rice's absence, and not as likely to force you into a cap move you'll regret down the road.

It's not that I have anything against Jackson or his abilities... I just don't think his situation and the Vikings situation are a good combination.

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