Word is the Chargers are not likely to give wide receiver Vincent Jackson the franchise tag if they are unable to sign him, according to the U-T San Diego.
The 28-year-old had the franchise tag placed on him by the Chargers last offseason, resulting in a one-year contract worth around $11 million. If the team decides to place the franchise tag on Jackson for the 2012 season, it would cost around $13 million.
Sources told the newspaper that this offseason, however, the team probably would not devote that much money to a single receiver for a one-year deal. The newspaper reported that the Chargers will likely begin negotiating with Jackson in February, if they do not place the franchise tag on him, Jackson will become a free agent.