Chargers Place Non-Exclusive Franchise Tag on Wide Receiver Vincent Jackson

February 16, 2011   ·     ·   Jump to comments

In what is considered a stunning turn of events, the San Diego Chargers have applied the "non-exclusive" Franchise Player tag to seventh-year wide receiver Vincent Jackson.
This move may come as a surprise to most fans, especially since the Chargers and Jackson have been at odds since the start of training camp.
Coming off an impressive 2009 campaign, Jackson was ready to test the free agency market in hopes of garnering a lucrative long-term contract. However, with the owners' opting out of the last year of the current collective bargaining agreement, Jackson had not accrued the required amount of years for unrestricted free agency.
In essence, he was a restricted free agent, and while any team could have lured him away with the long- term contract he desired, no team was essentially willing to part with the first and third-round draft picks tender the Chargers had placed on him.
Instead of playing for a one-year contract worth $3.268 million, Jackson dec...

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