Unlikely For Chargers To Put Franchise Tag on Vincent Jackson in 2012

By Ernie Padaon

Here we go with AJ Smith running the team again. AJ likes to play hard ball with his free agents and one of our top free agents this offseason will be Vincent Jackson. We franchise tagged him last season and there are “sources” that say that we are unlikely to franchise him this next season:

sources said this week that it is unlikely the team would place the franchise tag on Jackson again in 2012. – Kevin Acee

So, we either will be looking to lock him up to a long-term deal or he will walk to another team (Let’s just pretend the Saints sign him because they already have Drew Brees and Darren Sproles). How much MORE angry at the franchise would you be if we let VJ walk in free agency?

I am scared to see what happens with this whole situation. Vincent Jackson was one of the few offensive weapons that was able to tough it out through injuries for the whole season. He was bothered by little nicks here and there, but he was still in the game making plays. He is a game changer and has big play ability. It would be nice to know that he will be a Charger for another 4 or 5 years.

Will we be able to make that happen? Only time will tell.