Profootballtalk.com reports that at least one team pursuing a trade for Vincent Jackson has learned that the Pro Bowler expects to be suspended four games to open the 2010 season.
V-Jax is a multiple offender of the Personal Conduct Policy. Whether or not Jackson is on the Chargers’ roster, it sounds like Legedu Naanee is going to start games to open the season, with Malcom Floyd filling in as the nominal "No. 1 receiver." Craig Davis would be No. 3, and Antonio Gates’ targets would also rise. Jackson’s trade value will obviously take a hit with this news. He won’t be available until Week 5, and would be just one more misstep away from an even lengthier ban.
Sources tell Game 102.1 in Virginia Beach that former Dolphins WR Marcus Vick was involved in the shooting that injured his and Michael Vick’s cousin, Quanis Phillips, last Thursday night.
The extent of Marcus’ involvement is unknown, but we can’t say we’d be the least bit surprised if he played a major role considering his track record. The last Rotoworld post done on Marcus, in August of 2009, was from a report that he’d been sentenced to 20 days in jail for a probation violation stemming from eluding police. He’s been in trouble with the law several times dating back to Virginia Tech. Marcus also has a history of gun-related arrests.
NFL Network’s Steve Wyche is reporting that Vincent Jackson is working out with Redskins quarterback Donvoan McNabb in Phoenix.
Our View: This is nothing new for McNabb, who works out in Arizona annually during the offseason. Jackson, however, is a new addition to the facility while staying away from San Diego. It’s not concrete evidence of the receiver becoming a Redskin, but with the Washington interest in Jackson it’s worth keeping an eye on.
According to the Chicago Tribune, the Bears have no plans to pursue a trade for Vincent Jackson "at this time."
The draft pick compensation and mega-contract it would take to acquire V-Jax are the biggest deterrents for Chicago, unsurprisingly. Jackson is believed to desire a contract worth as much, if not more, than the four-year, $47.5M extension the Dolphins gave Brandon Marshall. Chargers GM A.J. Smith is expected to ask for at least two second-round picks in return. New OC Mike Martz has also "guaranteed" the Bears would be the team’s greatest strength.
The Bears, Seahawks and Redskins have all discussed extending offers to the Chargers for Vincent Jackson, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
Our View: Schefter also says, however, that a trade remains a longshot. Jackson still seems to be holding steady in his stance that he’ll be holding out this season unless the Chargers give him a contract extension.
The Redskins, Seahawks and Bears have debated “making a run” at Vincent Jackson, per ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
Schefter cautions that a trade is still a long shot. Anyone that tries to acquire the talented Jackson will have to meet his contract demands and give up plenty of value (a first-round pick or two second-rounders?) to the Chargers. It’s interesting that the Bears are mentioned here because all we’ve heard is positive buzz about Devin Hester, Johnny Knox and Devin Aromashodu.
Marcus McNeill may not be as dedicated to holding out as teammate Vincent Jackson, according to ESPN’s Bill Williamson.
Our View: McNeill’s hold-out situation is nothing new, but while Jackson seems set on staying stubborn, McNeill may be more inclined to return. The Chargers are reportedly looking to sign the left tackle to a long-term deal, and Williamson has heard that he wants to play for San Diego this season. This would certainly be great news for Philip Rivers and rookie running back Ryan Mathews. Mathews will need all the help he can get up front if he wants to resuscitate the Chargers ground game, and McNeill is the most talented lineman on the team.
Leger Douzable has been claimed off waivers by the Detroit Lions, according to Scout.com’s Adam Caplan.
Our View: A defensive tackle, he recorded 11 tackles for the Rams last season in limited playing time. He has a decent chance at making the Lions’ 2010 roster.
A video apparently showing Michael Vick leaving his birthday party only three minutes before shots were fired has been uncovered, according to PFT.
Our View: The owner of the restaurant that hosted Vick’s birthday party last week says he has video of the quarterback and his entourage leaving at 2:07 AM, only three minutes before shots were fired. Vick’s attorney told police that his client had left the building at least 10, and up to 20, minutes before the shooting. Although the time discrepancy is relatively small, Vick could be in trouble if the 2:07 claims come to fruition. He’s already on an obviously short leash as far as the NFL is concerned, and extra legal trouble could be disastrous to the future of his career.
Sam Bradford is confident that he will be signed in time for training camp, according to NFL Network’s Steve Wyche.
Our View: Bradford is obviously an important player to watch in St. Louis. Unlike the majority of recent No. 1 overall picks, Bradford didn’t sign before the NFL draft. Although the Rams began in-depth negotiations almost two months ago, there has been no apparent headway in getting Bradford inked. He should command more than $50 million guaranteed, and getting him in camp to compete with journeyman A.J. Feely is a near must for the Rams who finished 28th in the NFL in passing in 2009.