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Jackson suggestion ends up as rumor

Posted by: under Vikings, Super Bowl, Vikings offense, Vikings players, Brett Favre, Vikings quarterbacks, Vikings training camp Updated: September 2, 2010 - 1:55 PM

Late last month we cited a report from Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune that hinted the Vikings had made a call to check on the availability of Chargers wide receiver Vincent Jackson, who is in the midst of a bitter holdout with his current employer and almost certainly will be playing for a new team at some point.

The reported stated that NFL sources told Acee the Vikings "immediately balked" at  the $50 million, five-year contract ($30 million in guarantees) that Jackson has been trying to get.

That pretty much put to rest the Jackson to the Vikings rumors. Until today. Michael Silver, an NFL columnist for Yahoo! Sports, posted a column on Wednesday night that the Vikings should swing a trade for Jackson and that they need to do it by the end of the week.

It's a good argument and you can read it right here.

Silver does break a bit of news by reporting that San Diego general manager A.J. Smith has been asking for a second-round pick in 2011 and a third-round pick in 2012. But even if the Vikings could work out a deal for Jackson that doesn't mean they could come to a contract agreement with him. Keep in mind that Jackson also is suspended for the first three games of the season by the NFL.

The Vikings already have one of the league's highest pay rolls for this season and it only got bigger when they agreed to pay Brett Favre $20 million this season if the Vikings win the Super Bowl. Favre will get a base salary of $16 million so he isn't coming cheap.

Vikings owner Zygi Wilf has proven time-and-time again that he is willing to spend money. But one would think there would come a point where Wilf's ownership partners say "enough is enough," especially since the team's quest to get a new stadium remains an ongoing process.



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