Minnesota Vikings Fail To Acquire Vincent Jackson, Add Hank Baskett Instead

September 23, 2010   ·     ·   Jump to comments

The Minnesota Vikings were in hot pursuit of suspended San Diego Chargers receiver Vincent Jackson today, but with trade demands too lofty for the Vikings' liking, they simply added recently released wideout Hank Baskett to their roster in an attempt to bolster a dysfunctional receiving corps.
The Chargers were apparently asking for a second- and third-round draft pick from the Vikings, who had a reported one-year, $6 million deal on the table for Jackson. But the Vikes wanted to make that third-round pick conditional based on whether Jackson would eventually sign a long-term deal to stay in Minnesota.
San Diego general manager A.J. Smith (aka "Lord of No Rings") was, not surprisingly, acting unreasonably in demanding a second- and third-round pick. Why would the Vikings—or any other team for that matter—give up second- and third-round draft picks with no guarantee Jackson would return to the team beyond this season? No team would be willing to take that kind of g...

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