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There is no doubt Vincent Jackson took a major step toward leaving the San Diego Chargers on Monday. But rest easy Chargers’ fans. It is still the team’s plan to re-sign him. Now, we have to see if they can get it done.

The Chargers decided not to use their Franchise Tag option on Pro Bowl wide receiver Vincent Jackson, or anyone else. Had they chosen to franchise Jackson, they would have owed him $13.6 million, guaranteed, for the 2012 season, and bought another year of time to try and negotiate a long-term contract with their number one wide receiver.

The Chargers and Vincent Jackson are like a couple that has been dating for so long that marriage at some point seemed inevitable.

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Castillo injured his tibia in the 2011 opener and missed the rest of the season.

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The San Diego Chargers fired the proverbial starter’s pistol to ignite the sweepstakes to land receiver Vincent Jackson on Monday when they decided against making him one of the record 21 players to receive the franchise designation by the league’s 3 p.m. deadline.

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