Today, begins a 2-week period in which teams can place a franchise tag on players, and the Chargers are expected to place the tag on WR Vincent Jackson.
Teams are allowed to designate one player scheduled to be an unrestricted free agent with the franchise tag. That guarantees the player the average salary of the top five players at his position but prevents him from hitting the more lucrative free agent market.
The Chargers have 3 of their top wide receivers, Jackson, Malcom Floyd, and Legedu Naanee, heading into free agency. The receivers that are left on the roster are Patrick Crayton, Seyi Ajirotutu, Richard Goodman and Buster Davis. Floyd has the potential to become a big-time playmaker at the receiver position, but there are questions about his durability. Naanee also has had durability questions, but there are also questions on if he is a slot receiver or a number 2 receiver.
Jackson is a beast on the offensive side of the ball, he has great speed and great size to beat the opposing defenders. Having Jackson available for the whole season would be a huge boost and will take pressure off the rest of the team.