Morning Dump

INDIANAPOLIS — The agents for Vincent Jackson heard for the first time directly from the Chargers that the team desires to keep Jackson in the fold and that using the franchise tag is an improbable option.

There had been speculation that the team would have no choice but to use the franchise tag on the receiver, who led the team with 1,106 receiving yards and scored a team-high nine touchdowns.

Hello readers. Welcome back to your weekly dose of the two H’s*: hate and (on occasion) humor. If you’re reading this, there are several assumptions we can make about you:

Since 2004 we’ve been watching, but not really noticing Nick Hardwick for thousands of plays every year. As the guy who snaps the ball to the QB, he’s right in our line of sight with every offensive play. However, we can appreciate him the most when he’s never seen. We don’t want to see a blown block that gets the QB sacked. We don’t want to see a bad snap that kills a play and possibly a drive. We don’t want to hear his name called on a false start, holding, hands to the face or chop block penalty. But, that’s just them minimum requirements for the job. He’s also got to set up the rest of the line to get the protection schemes right. He’s also got to work to open running lanes. Back in 2009, when Hardwick only started 3 games and Scott Mruczkowski filled in, I think the biggest change that most people noticed was how there seems to be less holes opening up for the running backs. Nick Hardwick in all his quiet glory has been a very valuable part of the team.

“We’re definitely open to moving,” Vikings General Manager Rick Spielman, whose team has the No.3 pick, said on Thursday. “… With the new CBA and the financial commitment to the top five picks not as significant as it has been in the past, I think there will be a lot of potential movement, especially in that top five, depending on where these quarterbacks fall, the top two quarterbacks in the draft and who’s going to need quarterbacks. There could be a lot of activity that first day and especially those first three spots.”

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