VJax Not Traded, AJ Smith: Lord of No Rings

Aug 2, 2009; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers general manager A.J. Smith watches training camp at Chargers Park. Photo via Newscom

Source: YardBarker.com

The trading window has past at 1pm today and a trade was NOT made for Vincent Jackson.

So what next? Expect Vincent Jackson to sit out the rest of the season. He will have to wait till next season for the big payday that he is looking for. The San Diego Chargers are not willing to offer the money that he wants.  The relationship between the two sides is turning ugly:

“Archie Manning had it right. They call (A.J. Smith) ‘The Lord of No Rings’ for a reason.” – Vincent Jackson’s agent Jonathan Feinsod

Here is text messages that were received from Vincent Jackson to Jason La Canfora of NFL network:

I just don’t understand why (a trade was not completed). “They obviously think i’m a valuable player by asking for such high trade compensation, but why am i only offered tender salary? “My agents and teams interested did everything to make it happen, but this organization stopped it. I just want to play football. It feels unethical and I am disappointed. – Vincent Jackson

General Manager A.J. Smith needs to pull a trigger on one of these deals to put this situation to rest. If there was a 2nd round pick available for the taking, then it is stupid not to take it. The most that the Chargers can get back if Jackson leaves in free agency is a 3rd round compensation pick.

What is A.J. Smith trying to prove? We already know that he a stubborn general manager but the reputation that he is trying to keep of a stubborn GM is getting in the way of his decision making. The only way that he can salvage this whole situation is to sign both restricted free agents: Vincent Jackson and Marcus McNeill to 1 year contracts and let them walk at the end of the season. What is the use of having “control” of a player when you do not have the intention to use them.  Either sign the players and give us the best opportunity to win a championship or trade them for something else. STOP HOLDING THE FANS HOSTAGE!

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