Morning Dump

By Ernie Padaon

Quiet until Tuesday: It would be a surprise if Jackson signs an extension with the Chargers before free agency begins Tuesday at 4 p.m. ET. Jackson has been looking forward to testing the open market for a long time. The only way he’d sign with the Chargers is if they gave him a deal that is much higher than expected. The team has no plans to do so. The Chargers are resigned to letting Jackson shop himself before making their pitch.

The Chargers have assigned an unknown price that they would be willing to pay in order to sign presumptive free agent Mario Williams, U-T San Diego reported Tuesday. The newspaper also reported the team spoke with Williams’ agent, Ben Dogra, at the NFL Scouting Combine last month, but it’s unclear if Williams’ name specifically came up in conversation.

Next month, after his name is called at the NFL draft, his new team could ask him to change positions and become an outside linebacker.

The San Diego Chargers offensive line was in shambles at the end of last season, thanks to injuries, including a concussion that led to guard Kris Dielman’s retirement.

Bill Williamson, who runs the AFC West blog, offers up a Vincent Jackson free agency primer this morning. This matters to us because, here at the NFC East blog, we believe Jackson is and should be the No. 1 free-agent wide receiver target for the Washington Redskins.

I have guard as one of the top needs for the Bengals, and if they don’t get DeCastro at this spot, Glenn isn’t much of a drop. Cincinnati will have added help in the run game next year, but it also needs to get better up front. Glenn is a guy who has also spent time at tackle, and could be moved there in a pinch, but he dominates on the inside and is surprisingly quick given his huge frame. Another good piece in an offense primed to get better.