Vincent Jackson’s possible trade destinations

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The San Diego Chargers are coming off yet another successful season as they were able to turn their year around with an inspired run in the second half of the season and win the AFC West. Not only were they able to hold off the resurgent Denver Broncos in their division, but they got back into the playoffs and in the title contender conversation.

Unfortunately, the Chargers were knocked out of the playoffs for the second season in a row by the Super Bowl bound Indianapolis Colts. This was a big eye opener for the Chargers front office as it was obvious that something needed to be done in order to compete for a Super Bowl title.

Even though the San Diego Chargers were unable to make it past the Indianapolis Colts in the playoffs once again, Philip Rivers and company played exceptionally well during the regular season after getting off to an unexpected poor start to what was thought to be a possible run at a Super Bowl.

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One of the main reasons for the Chargers success throughout this past season was the emergence of their passing game. Philip Rivers was always considered one of the best quarterbacks in the league and was rewarded for being just that with a deal worth $92 million dollars over the next six years.

Throughout his time with the San Diego Chargers, Rivers’ favorite target has been tight end Antonio Gates. Not only is Gates considered arguably the best tight end in the game today, but he is also a big threat in the passing game, but he did take a backseat to wide receiver Vincent Jackson last season.

Over the past couple of years, the Chargers second option in the passing game was either wide receiver Chris Chambers or running back LaDainian Tomlinson, but last season Vincent Jackson played the lead role in the offense while Gates became the second option in the offense.

Despite Vincent Jackson having a breakout year with 1,167 receiving yards, nine touchdowns on 68 receptions, the Chargers seem to be on the verge of trading the up and coming wide receiver as he has been a big problem off the field.

Recently, Jackson was arrested for DUI, his second arrest for driving while under the influence, and has been suspended for the first three games of the season by the NFL.

Not only is this bad timing for Vincent Jackson who is looking to sign a new contract and was willing to sit out the first half of the season to get it, but this recent trouble off the field may have finally convinced the San Diego Chargers that it is time to move on and pursue trading the wide receiver.

So far there seem to be just four teams with interest in trading for Vincent Jackson:
Seattle Seahawks, Chicago Bears, Denver Broncos and Washington Redskins.

All four of these teams are in desperate need of some help in their receiving core and Vincent Jackson would be an ideal candidate, but he also brings baggage and a three-game suspension along with him.

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