Holdout wide receiver Vincent Jackson remains the property of the San Diego Chargers despite his agent saying he had deals in place with several teams before the Wednesday deadline.
Agent Neil Schwartz said he heard from multiple general managers, whom he declined to identify, that the Chargers were asking for “wholly unreasonable” compensation for Jackson, a Pro Bowl player who had two straight 1,000-yard seasons.
Schwartz said the legal language with one team was already drawn up and ready for Jackson to read and sign. That was a one-year deal with an option, with an average salary of more than $9 million. Schwartz declined to identify that team. It was widely reported that the Minnesota Vikings were a major suitor.
Under terms of a deal arranged by the NFL and the players’ union, Jackson had to sign a new contract by 4 p.m. EDT Wednesday in order to play for a new team in Week 5. Now, he’ll have to finish serving the remainder of his three-game suspension for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy – he pleaded guilty in February to his second DUI since 2006 – and serve a three-game suspension on the roster exempt list if he does sign.
JACKSON: 1-YEAR BAN
Tampa Bay safety Tanard Jackson has been suspended for a minimum of a year without pay for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy.
Jackson will be eligible for reinstatement beginning Sept. 22, 2011. The fourth-year pro sat out the first four games of the 2009 season while serving a previous suspension for violating the substances of abuse policy.
New England running back Kevin Faulk says he’ll miss the rest of the Patriots’ season with a torn right knee ligament, suffered in Sunday’s 28-14 loss at the New York Jets. … Buffalo Bills players became at least the fifth NFL team to vote in favor of giving the NFL Players Association the right to decertify in the event of a lockout next year. … Steelers linebacker James Harrison was fined $5,000 for slamming Titans quarterback Vince Young to the turf while sacking him Sunday.