The LA Chargers made arguably the most shocking trade of the NFL season thus far when the team decided to cut its losses with J.C. Jackson and trade him to the New England Patriots. Jackson was not performing to the level that the Chargers were hoping and his issues with the coaching staff and the roster could not be ignored.
All the Chargers received for Jackson was a late-round draft pick swap and a dead cap hit. At first, it seemed like Bill Belichick pulled off another excellent move, getting Jackson back for a marginal price. Jackson played fairly well in his return to New England and was miles better than he was for the Chargers.
However, the honeymoon phase did not last long for Jackson and the Patriots. Jackson didn't play the first two defensive drives against the Washington Commanders and many started to wonder if his issues were following him back to Foxborough. That now seems to be the case, as Jackson is not even traveling to Germany in Week 10 with the Pats.
J.C. Jackson trade is aging gracefully for the Chargers
The Jackson situation in LA might have been a nightmare but at least the Chargers seemed to have gotten out of that business in time. Jackson returning to the "Patriot way" has not changed anything, as he still seems to have reliability issues.
Albert Breer reported that Jackson was late to the team hotel last Saturday which is why he did not play the first two drives against Washington. It is unclear if there have been more developments leading to this Germany decision, or if this is stemming from last week's incident.
Either way, the Chargers are better off for it. The team has a 2-2 record since trading Jackson and is 4-2 in games that he did not play. Defensively, things have really seemed to solidify for the Chargers with Jackson no longer in the building.
The Chargers defense has only had one bad half of football since the bye week. Los Angeles has allowed 17.5 points per game since trading Jackson. Granted, the team has played some bad quarterbacks in that span, but the difference on the field has still been night and day.
This does not change the fact that the Jackson signing was a bad one for the Bolts. But at the very least, the team had the wherewithal to know when to end a toxic relationship.