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Trapped

Vincent Jackson is a wide receiver for the San Diego Chargers. Right now he is sitting at home, bitter at an organization and waiting on what he feels is owed to him. For those that don’t know, here is the story of Vincent Jackson.

Jackson enjoyed his best season as a pro last year(68 receptions, 1167 yards, 9 TDs) and he was slowly becoming one of the top receivers in the NFL. He went into this off-season wanting to secure his future and wanted to get paid like a top-flight wide receiver. And this is when all the trouble started happening.

Jackson and his agent began negotiations with Chargers’ GM A.J. Smith. Smith refused to even negotiate a new deal with Jackson and the best he wanted to do was give his best receiver a one year tender of $3.268 million. Jackson and his agent could not believe that an organization that he loved playing for would do this to him. Then, Jackson made the big decision to play hardball with Smith and sit out until he could either get a new deal or get traded.

This wouldn’t be that big of a story if it weren’t for the fact that the Chargers and AJ Smith have a propensity for doing things like this. It seems to me that Smith has now taken this issue personally. He is asking for a 2nd and 3rd round draft pick for Jackson, but he isn’t even speaking with Jackson and his agent, nor has he even taken calls for twams that may be willing to give what he wants. In fact, their have been a couple deals that have been put in place by the agent, but Smith has killed them both.

The NFLPA stepped in and tried to help Jackson, who is facing a suspension when he is traded. That help got met with big resistance as the Vikings were stone-walled again by Smith. As a result of this, Jackson and his agent have been venting and are upset at the organization’s unwillingness to assist or at least take the personal feelings out of this situation.

So, here Vincent Jackson sits, waiting and wondering when his next chance will be to score a touchdown or make a big play.

Issues like this make the Chargers look bad. If someone doesn’t want to be somewhere, why keep them there? I think that because of all this foolishness, A.J. Smith a.k.a.” The Lord of No Rings as he is called, needs to be taken out of his position of power because obviously his emotion has taken over his sense of business. Until that happens, this guy will continue to operate his slimy way of business and set up another player the way he has set up Jackson.

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