Bolt Beat Roundtable: Would You Re-Sign VJ in the Off-Season?

Today’s topic around the round table is “Would you bring back Vincent Jackson Next Year?” Vincent is a free agent at the end of the season and he is our standout wide receiver with 44 receptions, 825 yards and 7 touchdowns. He averages 18.8 yards per reception.

Here are our thoughts on the situation:


Ernie Padaon (Editor)
I LOVE Vincent Jackson as a player and as a wide receiver. He is one of the best in the league and he adds a different dimension to the offense than anyone else on this team, but with that being said I still would NOT re-sign him after the season. That $15 million or whatever it is needs to be spent on an impact defensive player! A Mario Williams or a Cortland Finnegan type player that can make an impact on that side of the ball.

If Philip Rivers is back to playing like Philip Rivers, then the offense will be FINE! Last season, Philip made players like Legedu Naanee and Seyi Ajirotutu look like playmakers. Patrick Crayton was a standout receiver last year. Vincent Brown will have the playbook grasped by that time and Malcom Floyd MIGHT be able to play more than a handful of plays. Receiver is not our biggest NEED in the off-season and that money should be spent elsewhere.

Da Great Gonzo (Staff Writer)
I agree, Rivers playing like we all know he can, could turn a mediocre wide receiver into a really good one. As much as a I like Vjax, as this point it seems to me unrealistic to sign him to a long-term contract, like Fitzgerald’s. Besides why would we want to give 14mill/year to a diva receiver with character issues, who has been in trouble with the law, and someone who doesn’t always give 100%. The amount of money we could give Vincent, we can sign someone like EJ Henderson of the Vikings to play LB, and someone else who is a good, capable receiver like Brandon Lloyd, or even Andre Caldwell of the Bengals. Caldwell is a young, promising receiver with a lot of upside, who has been stuck in the black hole that is the Cincinnati Bengals.

Ps. Still hate that we gave all that $ to Weddle.

Jose Marin (Guest)
You wanna spend all that money on one defensive player? Let’s see, we need two corners, at least one pass rusher, 3 linebackers and a ton of o-linemen. You know what you get with Vjax, consistency, two defenders on him and he stretches the field. He has how many first downs this year? On how many catches? What other receiver on this team has any big production? Floyd is fragile, Gates isn’t what he was, Brown may or may not be great and Crayton is a slot wide receiver. You can sign a receiver but he’s gonna have to learn the playbook and get in a rhythm with Rivers. Vjax is an elite receiver who’s proven to be a playmaker and who can impact the opposing defense. Defensive players are cheaper, and that’s the what the draft is for. You let Vjax go then you better hope a lot of people step up.

Killa Camron (Staff Writer)
Considering how this past offseason went with tons of wide receiver signing one-year contracts, we might still be able to snag a decent receiver. At the same time I don’t believe we will be able to afford VJ. Maybe VJ takes a pay cut to stay with Rivers. If Rivers plays like we know he can then he can, then any receiver can turn into a beast. We really do need to fortify our defense, so if we give up VJ and get a playmaker back, I could forgive not having him back for another season… but that’s only if. If we let him go and go after no one… UNFORGIVABLE.

Charger Girl Cindi (Staff Writer)
I typically agree with you (Ernie), but not today. We should resign Jackson. He has caught for almost 1000 yards this season and has had 7 TD’s. That is saying a lot considering how many times Rivers has actually thrown in the end zone. Not to mention, whatever is going on with Rivers, it will not get better if we take away one of his favorite targets. We can add defense all day long, but without a solid offense (see Colts) it does not go far. VJ is the real deal. Oh wait, Jackson makes 12 Million a season. Wow, that is a lot. Um, I changed my mind. Let’s get three new kids for 4 million each.

Where do you stand? Should we bring back Vincent Jackson at the end of the season?

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  • Kiko Wilson

    Mandatory…..Do Bears shiet in the woods??

  • Cheryl Collins

    Yes because after Norv is fired they will stop throwing the games

  • sdboltzfan

    If we could get Mario Williams and Finnegan for his contract, let him go.

    • http://boltbeat.com/ epadaon

      @sdboltzfan thats what it all depends on… if we can get some defensive players, then it would be worth it

  • Linda Cave

    Absolutely!

  • Johnnie Lovell

    I would…the question should be will VJ sign with the chargers

  • Jeffrey Perkins

    I think the bolts need to keep offensive side together, the defense needs to be rebuilt.

  • plehrer

    We have given away too many of our playmakers the last few years, only to watch them assist another team to be better. We better hold on to Jackson. We could use some consistency here. Enough changes coming with new coaches.s

    • http://boltbeat.com/ epadaon

      @plehrer I hear that

    • http://boltbeat.com/ epadaon

      Cant even argue that @plehrer

  • @kencaminiti21

    I keep missing getting in on these roundtables…

    Let Vincent Jackson walk? Hopefully the Chargers learned their lesson these past few years about letting their good players go (see: Michael Turner, Kassim Osgood, Darren Sproles et al). If we’ve learned anything this year its that Rivers can’t do it all himself. If Rivers indeed is our franchise player, we need to build around him. Look at Aaron Rodgers… the Packers go 6-7 deep with WRs. The Chargers need to build on their strength rather than be complacent and think what they have is enough. Sign VJ, add to our depth on offense instead of continually trying to replace people and give Rivers some weapons.

    • http://boltbeat.com/ epadaon

      @@kencaminiti21 that is a very good point!! i may just sway back the other way… i just want to get impact players with his money if we do lose him… if we do NOT get impact players with that money, then it would be a stupid move to let him just walk away!

  • MikeTuck

    You got to see the best of Jackson a couple years ago. Nothing has changed except Turners system is running at full tilt now. If Cowher becomes Coach judge another 2 yrs at least with Jackson, Floyd and Brown. All should be signed for at least 2 seasons!!!

  • RobertDouglasCruit

    I agree with Mike Tuck that we must resign our 3 Receivers of Jackson, Floyd and Brown to a contract of 3 yrs. At the same time we need to make a big push to get Jeff Fisher to come in here and become our New Headcoach. That would mean we will have to grap our bootstraps and sallow our pride and tell Norv that he had his chances to take this team to the Superbowl which we never did get in with him. I lay some of the blame on aj smith and his drafting of players. Go chargersssssssssssssssssssssssssss

  • RonChukes

    Thats easy. They better sign Jackson. You need to keep adding weapons around Rivers. Jackson is a deep threat and is always double teamed. The other receivers are just ok. Those guys dont get double teamed and still have problems getting open. Jackson also helps the running game. Safeties can’t crowd the line of srimmage when Jackson plays which is all the time. The other guys are always hurt. He’s also are best blocking wide receiver. Running backs long runs come when recievers block down field. He’s a hard worker. PAY HIM.

  • MikeTuck

    As per my comment on Phillips making Merriman great and visa-versa the same is true about Floyd. His pay should be at least 80% of Jacksons and Brown is proving he’s more than OK! Floyds greatness in college is the same today. He makes the tuff catches. Jefferson and Wislow were sexie to be sure, but Joiner was the steady reciever, record reciever and he’s alot like Floyd. Sometimes I wonder if people are watching the same games.Floyd has had injury trouble, alot was on Jackson for not signing and Floyd taking every double team as he still is alot. Also thank our leaders for disposing of Nanee’s talents, the Jag’s are getting the best out of him.

  • stuart7491

    I waffle on resigning VJ, but I think we should. I still wonder why Kassim Osgood was let go special teams took a nosedive and he also was a tall and big receiver . I like Floyd even better if he can stay healthy. Fred Davis TE with redskins is a FA as a 2nd TE or fill in for Gates would be tremendous. can anyone tell me how sproles got away, i know things were hectic with the lockout and all but did the chargers give a counter offer, i live in myrtle beach so i don’t hear things like i use to but i read that even norv was shocked that sproles was gone,he was like what ronnie harmon once was. Yes defense must really be addressed

  • MikeTuck

    Todman might be that Ronnie Harman type running back but we’ll never know because Turner sat on him not allowing any exposure during the regular season. It would be great when they see this talented a back have him return kicks to see how he reacts. Without touches they don’t know who this guy will be. Instead after a great preseason they’ll let him go thinking there’s something better next draft, thus using up another pick and losing a possible Sproles. This guy is bigger than sproles but quickness and power he did have. Talent drafted and not given a chance to prove their worth is horrible. Gamble showed up big in the preseason and he’s been bounced around bench and cut. Again we waste another pick at linebacker that was made and not developed or used to see if they can fill in. It’s called playing God and that’s not why the draft was formed. Develope these on the edge players and they will surprise you. How stupid is AJ and Turner for wasting talent and using guys like LaBoy who was lost out their. Good thing they didn’t pick Casey Mathews, he’d be gone too!

  • MikeTuck

    Definately resign the boys that share the same goal as Rivers. Resign Jackson Floyd and Brown to 3 year deals. Unless Welker can be lured back to the sunny state you keep jackson. Floyd loves football and was alot more mature than Vincent. But it takes time for some of these guys to grow up. The best thing to happen would be Rivers setting all these guys down and letting them know they don’t need all that shines. They’ll all be millionares, but if they sign deals that compliment each other they can own a Superbowl ring. That includes Tolbert and Mathews. in the end it’s their decision but as a leader Phillip Rivers should talk to the whole team about values, and are you here to be rich, because you already are if you live reasonably. Then you can open up revenue to welcome other great veterans that want the Ring and maybe two.

  • stuart7491

    i waffle with vj, more from his mental lapses than anything, floyd has that being hurt bug, i believe in the continuity and trust that rivers has with them, we saw what a very healthy gates can do, i could still see a fred davis on the opposite side or to spell him. i live in myrtle beach and watched tolbert at college. there was a running back that came on for one or two plays that appeared to have the it factor, but disappeared again, is that the norv mo? the defense blow it up and start over, you couldn’t much worse

    • http://boltbeat.com/ epadaon

      @stuart7491 did someone say waffle??!?!!? dang i am hungry this morning!!!!

      those mental lapses kill me!! like when he lost the ball in the lights or didnt see it coming… whateva!!! kicking the flag!?!?! he is a talent though and knows how to get open down the field… i just wish that he could do something after he got the ball in his hands

    • http://boltbeat.com/ epadaon

      @stuart7491 oh yea… AND BLOW UP THE DEFENSE

  • stuart7491

    dang i need to reread,my grammar sucked

    • http://boltbeat.com/ epadaon

      @stuart7491 hahahahaha… it’s all good. i understood it!

  • stuart7491

    i go back to the dan fouts and chunk muncie era,man chuck could run, now if he could hang on to the ball who knows?. VJ i hope takes a page from the john jefferson saga. klein said adios and never heard of him again, what could have been, but we got wes chandler who did an excellent job,mi still recall some catches where he was wrapped around the goal post, later there was anthony miller, went to the broncos, i don’t think he set any franchise records there, he had a chance in sd. back to tolbert, i’ve seen glimpses but then i have seen lapses, oh by the way get rid of your dance until you accomplish what lt or even muncie did. if i remember correctly humphries retired unexpectantly and that started the onslaught of qb’s that came through way to many i can’t recall all the names. the bolts also weren’t ready for fouts retirement, although they should have been, he had played long enough and had the injuries. it is kind of like peyton and indy.

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