The deadline imposed for Chargers WR Vincent Jackson to be traded, which would have allowed him to reduce his suspension from six games to four, has passed with no deal consummated.
The Vikings were the team most connected to Jackson, with the Rams, Seahawks and — a rumored late addition to the party — the Redskins also having shown interest in the disgruntled holdout.
Various reports suggested that the Vikings made the strongest bid for Jackson’s services, having been throttled by injuries to WRs Sidney Rice and Percy Harvin. But the reported compensation — a second-round pick, plus a conditional choice in 2011 — apparently was not enough to whet the appetite of GM A.J. Smith.
Jackson, a restricted free agent, wants a long-term deal commensurate with what he believes is his elite-level talent and has held out of all team-related activities since this offseason. He was suspended for three games for violating the NFL’s substance-abuse policy in the offseason and was docked another three games by being placed on the team’s roster-exempt list.
With the 4 p.m. ET Wednesday deadline that was settled between the league and the players’ union having passed, Jackson now would be eligible to play in Week Seven when the Chargers face the Patriots in San Diego. Jackson has said he will not report to the team until Week 10, when the Chargers are on bye. Playing the final six games would allow Jackson to gain a vested year of experience and hit free agency following the season.
The Vikings reportedly had worked out a contract with Jackson, but they apparently were not willing to meet Smith’s demands for more compensation.
Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan brushed off talk of the team's interest in trading for Jackson as mere "rumor."