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Vincent Jackson settlement reached; is a trade next?

Updated at 3:55 p.m.

A settlement has been reached concerning the length of Vincent Jackson's suspension: if the wide receiver is traded by the San Diego Chargers, he'll serve a four-game suspension; if he is not traded, the suspension will last six games.

Because of a protracted holdout, Jackson has not played or practiced with the Chargers and must serve a three-game sentence imposed in July for violating the league's personal conduct policy. San Diego had placed him on its exempt list, meaning he'd have had to miss another three games if he reported. The NFL and NFLPA negotiated the deal, averting arbitration.

Now, where will Jackson play? The San Diego Union-Tribune reports that three teams have been given permission to speak to Jackson's agent; St. Louis and Seattle are two with Minnesota believed to be the third. The trade talk is about to pick up in intensity, given that there's a finite deadline for making a deal. ut the agreement comes with a deadline: According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the Chargers must complete a deal by 4 p.m. Sept. 22 in order for the four-game suspension to apply.

Earlier reports indicated the Washington Redskins had an interest in Jackson and Coach Mike Shanahan addressed the matter cryptically this afternoon:

"We'll always be trying to upgrade our football team, if that presented itself. We have people evaluating different people on teams all the time," Shanahan said. "You never know when a trade does work out or when you can get somebody to help your football team. But that's part of the process."

By Cindy Boren  |  September 16, 2010; 2:08 PM ET
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Would be a nice pick up for the right price.

Posted by: clwalker1906 | September 16, 2010 2:56 PM | Report abuse

VJ could be McNabb's very valuable catching asset as long as he does not turn into TO. But McNabb has achieved a lot with lot less than Cooley, Moss, etc.

O-line help will be more valuable for both McNabb and Portis. But that's not avaliable in market at this time. Next draft may be.....

Posted by: SeedofChange | September 17, 2010 5:43 AM | Report abuse

Great, this is all we need: Another jerk with a serious attitude problem. And he wouldn't even be available for another month. The skins really passed up trying for Clayton but will go for this guy? I hope not. Does the name Albert Haynesworth ring a bell? My god what a short term memory people have. I know we need receivers badly, but I just don't want us to get burned yet again.

Posted by: fitzroysq | September 17, 2010 9:57 PM | Report abuse

Where did this woman learn to write?!? No better than Jason Reid IMHO. How do the editors let this get printed: "ut the agreement comes with a deadline:" What?

Posted by: dc1020008 | September 18, 2010 7:02 PM | Report abuse

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