As expected, San Diego Chargers wide receiver Vincent Jackson reports to the team today. He has signed the insultingly low offer sheet tendered by General Manager AJ Smith so that he can return to the field in time to accrue the service time necessary to become an unrestricted free agent next Spring. Does anyone wonder why the San Diego Chargers join the Detroit Lions as the only NFL teams unable to sell out their games this week?
The move ends a months long hold out as Vincent Jackson reports. However, Jackson's actions really only put a stay on one of the longest and most bitter contract disputes in recent memory that could flare up again this coming off season.
Vincent Jackson can now become an unrestricted free agent next off season. To counter that, the San Diego Chargers could still put the franchise tag on the up and coming super star, so long as that rule is not changed when a new collective bargaining agreement is reached. The current collective bargain agreement is set to expire following the 2010 season.
One person happy to see that Vincent Jackson reports is undoubtedly his quarterback Philip Rivers whose consistency has suffered without the deep threat in his arsenal. Still, Jackson will not join Philip Rivers on the playing field until the much anticipated Week 12 game at Indianapolis on November 28, Thanksgiving weekend.
Vincent Jackson must now serve the three week suspension he was dealt for violating the league's substance abuse policy when he was cited for driving under the influence a second time last off season. There are no new trade rumors at this time associated as Vincent Jackson reports back to action.