Chargers WR Vincent Jackson officially signed his one-year restricted free-agent tender on Friday.
The sixth-year veteran, who was holding out in search of a long-term contract but did not receive one, must sit out the next three games while on the Roster-Exempt list. He will be eligible to return to the active roster in Week 12.
“I’m happy Vincent is here,” GM A.J. Smith said. “I have no doubt he will go to work, work hard and quickly get into game shape. Once he starts playing in games, I don’t think it will take him long for him to be a contributor and help us.”
Jackson made the Pro Bowl in 2009, catching 68 passes for 1,167 yards and nine touchdowns. A second-round pick in 2005, he has 198 receptions for 3,400 yards and 25 TDs in his five seasons in San Diego.
“It feels good to be with my teammates. I’ve missed football more than you can imagine,” Jackson said. “Right now I’m just looking forward to being able to practice and get back on the field. My only concern is doing whatever I can to contribute and help the team win. The future will take care of itself.”
The way we see it
Jackson had planned to sit out the entire season if he didn't get a new contract, but he risked being an RFA yet again next offseason if he didn't sign. He was advised by the NFLPA to sign his tender and play in at least six games in order to qualify for an accrued season.
Given the Chargers' injury problems at receiver, Jackson is expected to play right away once he's eligible. He should give them a jolt down the stretch as they fight their way back into contention in the AFC West.
If Jackson is available in your league, pick him up now. With him wanting to show teams that he's deserving of a long-term contract, he should perform well in the final six contests. He'll definitely be a valuable asset to have during the fantasy playoffs.