Jason Cole of Yahoo Sports is reporting that the Seattle Seahawks have been granted permission by the San Diego Chargers to enter into preliminary contract talks with San Diego restricted free agent receiver Vincent Jackson.
The team confirmed that they did indeed receive permission to talk to Jackson’s representation recently and have had conversations, but it appears nothing is imminent in terms of the two sides reaching a deal.
This appears to be Seahawks general manager John Schneider following through with his stated plan of turning over every rock and going down every road to find players that can help this team.
Also, there’s no word yet on what type of compensation the Seahawks would have to provide to the Chargers in return for Jackson’s services. But bringing Jackson into the fold would give Seattle the big, explosive receiver they were looking for when they went after Brandon Marshall in free agency.
According to the report, no significant progress has occurred to this point. However, San Diego is committed to trading Jackson, who is believed to be seeking a long-term contract worth more than $9 million per season, because the team expects that he will not report at all this season.
The Broncos received a pair of second-round picks as compensation when they dealt Marshall to Miami.
If the Seahawks do bring Jackson in, you have to wonder about the status of veteran receivers T.J. Houshmandzadeh and Deion Branch.
Houshmandzadeh, who missed three days of practice to deal with a personal issue, is guaranteed $7 million this season. While Branch’s $5.47 million is only guaranteed if he’s on the 53-man roster to begin the regular season.
Both receivers provide similar skill sets as precise route runners with good hands who can work the middle of the field in the slot.
Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune has more on the Jackson talks.
According to Acee, a stalemate was reached because Jackson’s agents are asking for $30 million guaranteed on a five-year, $50 million contract.
Jackson reportedly wants a contract that will pay him more than the four-year deal with $24 million guaranteed that Marshall got from the Miami Dolphins in March.
Jackson certainly looks the part. At 6-foot-5, 230 pounds the 27-year-old would be the down-the-field threat Seattle is looking for. Jackson has topped 1,000 yards receiving the last, two season and scored 16 touchdowns over that period.
Jackson also has to serve a three-game suspension to start the season for violating the league’s policy on substance abuse.