Brian Stull of 101-ESPN in St. Louis reported Monday that the Rams are still interested in Chargers WR Vincent Jackson. They have been reported as a team that received permission to speak with Jackson.
Jackson has to sign a contract with the Chargers and get traded by 4 p.m. ET this Wednesday if he wants to be available with his new club for its fifth game. He is suspended for three games by the league for violating the league's substance-abuse policy and another three for being on the roster-exempt list. Jackson won an appeal last week to reduce the six-game suspension to four if he is traded, but a trade needs to happen by the deadline.
The Rams lost top WR Donnie Avery for the season after he suffered an injury in the preseason.
The way we see it
Mark Clayton has been good for the Rams this season, but he is more suited to be a No. 2 than a No. 1 receiver. If St. Louis gets Jackson, that's not a bad 1-2 punch. It makes sense for the Rams, who have been looking to fill the void at the No. 1 WR spot. Avery was supposed to be the top guy for the future, but he has been injury-prone. The only downside is Jackson's off-the-field issues.