The Morning Charge - 2/16/11

Jackson, 28, was designated as a “non-exclusive” Franchise Player, which means that he can negotiate with other teams. Should he receive an offer from another team, the Chargers can either match the new club’s offer or receive two first-round draft choices as compensation. In addition, the Chargers and Jackson may negotiate a long-term contract.

To the surprise of no one paying attention, the Chargers on Tuesday officially designated wide receiver Vincent Jackson as their franchise player.

Heyward could always go somewhere in the middle of the first round to a team like the San Diego Chargers at #18, but it appears that he’d be more of a value as a late first rounder or early second rounder.

With the latest two-round mock from Greg Cox over at available, he has super-athletic LB/DE AlDon Smith from Missouri taking up residence in sunny San Diego with the 17th pick. The reason? Larry English has yet to fill the hole vacated by Shawne Merriman’s pass rush decline. Without a force off the edge, the Chargers lose their defensive bite.

Worst waste of resources

Chargers: San Diego had the NFL’s top-rated offense and defense but could not corral its collective strengths into a playoff spot. Tackle Marcus McNeill and wideout Vincent Jackson lost games to contract squabbles. And crippling special-teams performances doomed the Chargers.

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