The Chargers have placed their franchise tag on wide receiver Vincent Jackson, who held out last season to end up playing in just half the season. He was designated a “non-exclusive” franchise player, meaning he can negotiate with other teams once a new collective bargaining agreement is agreed upon between the owners and players.
If he signs elsewhere and the Chargers do not match his offer, they will receive two first-round draft picks from the team that signs him. If he signs his tender instead of negotiating a long-term deal, he will be paid the average of the top five receivers in the league. “Vincent has been a valuable contributor to our team,” general manager A.J. Smith said in a statement announcing the move. “We want him to be a Charger.”
Jackson finally signed his tender on October 29th. He was placed on the roster exempt list in a hardball move by Smith and had to sit out for three weeks after signing. The 28-year-old Jackson finished last season with 14 receptions, 248 yards and three touchdowns in five games.
Jackson’s original five-year contract expired after the 2009 season, but because 2010 was an uncapped year, he needed six seasons to become an unrestricted free agent.