Washington Redskins interested in San Diego Chargers wide receiver Vincent Jackson
Team expresses interest
in the Chargers' Jackson
The Redskins are among teams interested in acquiring Chargers wide receiver Vincent Jackson, the San Diego Union Tribune reported.
Entering his sixth season, Jackson is unhappy that San Diego offered him only a one-year tender -- originally worth $3.268 million and then reduced to a base salary of $583,000 when Jackson did not sign by the June 15 deadline -- and is threatening to hold out until Week 10 of the regular season.
Washington's interest makes sense. The Pro Bowl player has surpassed 1,000 yards receiving in each of the past two seasons and at 6 feet 5 and 230 pounds is the type of big target Coach Mike Shanahan likes. According to an ESPN report, Shanahan looked at Jackson in the 2005 draft when Shanahan was still head coach of the Denver Broncos. Redskins wide receivers coach Keenan McCardell was a teammate of Jackson's in San Diego from 2005 to '06.
The Redskins could use help at wide receiver, where Santana Moss remains the only proven option and where the coaching staff clearly wants competition. There are 11 receivers on the roster, including veterans Joey Galloway, 38, and Bobby Wade, 29, third-year wide receivers Devin Thomas and Malcolm Kelly, and seventh-round draft pick Terrence Austin.
Jackson does have some off-the-field issues. After pleading guilty to a DUI charge in February, his second conviction, Jackson likely will be subject to the NFL's personal conduct policy and face a possible suspension.
-- Paul Tenorio