According to PFT, this Vincent Jackson story about the Redskins truly being interested in acquiring his services is really gaining steam. The latest news is that Mike Shanahan wanted to draft Jackson to the Broncos and missed out on the opportunity by selecting DB Darrent Williams, and was then livid when the Chargers selected Jackson before Denver had another opportunity. Now here we are, 5 years later and Shanahan has an opportunity to a get a true #1 receiver for his new QB who loves to throw the deep ball.
Somewhat buried at the end of a Tuesday blog post by ESPN’s Bill Williamson is some juicy information on Mike Shanahan’s background with Vincent Jackson, for whom Shanahan’s Redskins are rumored to be contemplating a trade.
According to Williamson, Shanahan has been “a big fan” of Jackson dating back to the 2005 NFL Draft, when Shanahan’s Broncos reportedly considered selecting the eventual Pro Bowl receiver. Williamson was covering the Broncos for the Denver Post at the time, so he’s a credible source. Williamson says Jackson was next on Shanahan’s draft board when the Broncos selected the late Darrent Williams with the 56th overall pick. Jackson, who played at Northern Colorado, was drafted 61st overall by San Diego, “and the Broncos were not happy about it.”
Jackson was relatively slow to develop in San Diego, but went on to post games of 95, 73, and 77 yards against Shanahan’s Denver teams during the 2007 and 2008 seasons. Interestingly, Williamson also “heard” that left tackle Marcus McNeill “may not be as dead set as Jackson on holding out for the long haul.” Both players have threatened to sit out through Week Ten of the regular season.
But what’s so great about Jackson in the first place? — you might be thinking to yourself. Just think about this, Randy Moss is 6?4? 205lbs. Vincent Jackson is 6?5? 230 and makes Randy Moss look like he’s 5?10? string bean with a bum leg. Vincent Jackson is one of the most imposing receivers in the league, he’s nearly impossible to cover. And of course this shouldn’t be ignored… he’s the best overall receiver in the NFL based on pure production.
So let me just say this — if the Redskins somehow get Vincent Jackson committed to the team and in the door by any means necessary, this team goes deep into the playoffs in 2010. I’m dead serious. (At which point maybe Albert Haynesworth actually shows up to take part in his team activities). The problem is that Vincent Jackson is holding out — and that’s the last kind of personality you want adding fuel to the fire in D.C. right now.
Excessive egos do not a championship win, Yoda might say. He’s not necessarily a distraction the likes of T.O. or Haynesworth, but bringing guys in who you know at the outset want to have their way with the front office does not bode well for the organization.
In all seriousness — the Redskins have an obvious need at WR right now. Vincent Jackson could certainly fill that need, and more. The question of course is, can they afford to take a chance and spend more money on another ego expecting different results? And what is your definition of insanity… securing Jackson or letting him slip by yet again in one lifetime?