March 6, 2012 |
Vincent Jackson is now free to move about the country. Or he will be as soon as the NFL's free-agency period starts on March 13. Unlike a year ago, the San Diego Chargers decided not to use the franchise tag on their top wide receiver. Such a move would have counted more than $13 million against the salary cap, a number General Manager A.J. Smith decided the team just couldn't afford this year. Still, Smith said the Chargers are hoping to retain the services of the man who led the team in receiving yards in three of the last four seasons and in touchdown receptions in two of the last three seasons.
October 21, 2010 |
Wide receiver Vincent Jackson will report to the San Diego Chargers next week and sign his contract tender, his agent said Thursday. By reporting Oct. 29, Jackson will be able to serve a three-game, team-imposed suspension on the roster exempt list, then play in the final six games to accrue his sixth season toward unrestricted free agency. Jackson and agent Neil Schwartz said earlier this fall that the receiver probably wouldn't play this season. "With the landscape of labor uncertainty, we wanted to create, at this point in time, certainty," Schwartz told the Associated Press on Thursday.
December 16, 2010 |
Reporting from San Diego ? The San Diego Chargers, with their season hanging in the balance, played well enough Thursday to try a variation of their West Coast offense. The Just Coast. And the centerpiece of that scheme was Chargers receiver Vincent Jackson, a player who insists he wasn't coasting this fall when he missed the first 10 games mostly because of a contract dispute. He caught a career-high three touchdown passes ? and just missed on a fourth ? in a 34-7 dismantling of the San Francisco 49ers at Qualcomm Stadium.
March 13, 2012 |
NFL free agency has started with a splash. The Miami Dolphins have traded receiver Brandon Marshall to the Chicago Bears, reuniting him with quarterback Jay Cutler. The two were teammates in Denver. Fox's Jay Glazer first reported the deal, which sends the combustible star to Chicago in exchange for third-round picks in the next two drafts. The Bears were one of several teams eyeing San Diego receiver Vincent Jackson, among the most coveted offensive players in free agency.
August 19, 2007 |
ST. LOUIS -- If the San Diego Chargers can save LaDainian Tomlinson for the regular season, the St. Louis Rams figure they can preserve their star running back too. Tomlinson, the NFL MVP, didn't dress for the Chargers' 30-13 exhibition victory Saturday night and hasn't been on the field in August since 2005. St. Louis' Steven Jackson, who led the league with 2,334 yards rushing and receiving last year, might as well have not dressed either.
April 26, 2012 |
NEW YORK -- The Cleveland Browns have made the first trade of the NFL draft, swapping positions with Minnesota at the top of the first round. The Browns will pick third, presumably to take Alabama running back Trent Richardson, and the Vikings have moved back one spot to fourth. Minnesota collected picks in the fourth, fifth and seventh rounds. Minnesota can still pick up USC tackle Matt Kalil at No. 4, or possibly LSU cornerback Morris Claiborne. The Browns likely made the move so Tampa Bay, which picks fifth, could leapfrog them for Richardson.
July 12, 1987 |
Vincent (Bo) Jackson, Heisman Trophy winner, deer hunter and Kansas City Royals baseball player, is set for a new challenge. What worlds lie unconquered? How about becoming a presidential candidate? He'd have to wait until he's 35. Succeeding Kareem Abdul-Jabbar? He'd have to grow about a foot. How about becoming a Raider in his spare time? Why not, Jackson said at a press conference Saturday in Toronto, adding that he'd like to play for the Raiders in the baseball off-season.
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June 5, 1990 |
Three-year-old Andre Keith Bakker IV, who witnessed the weekend shooting death of his mother and watched her boyfriend turn the gun on himself as they drove down the San Diego Freeway, was released Monday from an Orange County children's shelter to the custody of his father. The boy "is aware that his mother is dead," said Kim Berry, a friend of the family. "But he just says that 'Mommy's in heaven.'
February 11, 2013 |
Percy Harvin wants to get paid. And judging by the way folks on the Internet reacted to rumors that the Minnesota Vikings receiver is on the trading block, he probably will get big money somewhere. But will it happen before or after things get ugly -- or uglier -- in Minnesota. According to Pro Football Talk, Harvin is prepared to stay away from off-season workouts and training camp if he doesn't receive a contract extension, which would presumably pay him a lot more than the $2.9 million he is slated to make in the final year of his rookie contract next season.