In the end, A.J. Smith stuck to his guns.
We were told the Chargers‘ GM would not just trade Vincent Jackson to trade him, but would hold out for multiple high draft picks. The Vikings, despite needing wide receivers badly, refused to offer what Smith was looking for ahead of today’s 3 PM CT deadline, and could not make a deal happen.
According to ESPN, the Vikings were willing to give San Diego a second-round pick plus an extra conditional pick. The Vikes also reportedly had a financial deal worked out with the receiver, who is believed to be seeking a 5-year, $50 million contract with $30 million guaranteed. It was believed the Vikings were not looking to sign Jackson to a long-term deal however, but would’ve offered him a 1-year deal possibly worth $6 million.
But that’s all moot now. The Chargers refused to accept any of the offers they reportedly received from multiple teams, and Jackson will remain on their exempt list, suspended for six games. The Chargers could revisit a trade at any time of course, but it’s unlikely the Vikings would give up more than what they already offered for a receiver who will now only be eligible for 10 of 16 games this year.
On the bright side, we have Hank Baskett.