Chargers Don’t Franchise Tag Vincent Jackson

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Vincent Jackson (Photo: footballnewsnow.com)

Vincent Jackson has spent his entire seven-year career with the San Diego Chargers, racking up impressive numbers over that time, but his future with the team is up in the air now that Jackson is possibly headed to free agency.

The Chargers chose not to use their franchise tag this offseason, which means the explosive receiver will be an unrestricted free agent next week, and there’s multiple teams reportedly interested in his services.

Free agency begins March 13.

San Diego is still interested in re-signing Jackson at the right price, but that all depends on what other suitors are considering to spend on the Pro Bowl receiver. Last season he grabbed 60 balls and racked up more than 1,100 yards receiving.

The Chargers designated Jackson as their franchise player last year, and doing so again would’ve cost the team $13.7 million, because they would have had to offer him a contract at 120 percent last year’s number, the Associated Press reported.

“If we decide to pursue a long-term deal we will have a great offer, a great package both in years and money, general manager A.J. Smith said, according to U-T San Diego. I” hope it’s acceptable to them. We would love to have Vincent continue to be a member of our team.”

It’s been reported that the Bears and Bills (who just re-signed receiver Stevie Johnson to a five-year $36.25 million deal) are showing interest in Jackson.

Jackson has 272 receptions over his career and passed the 1,000-yard mark three times (2008, 2009, 2011). He also has 37 touchdowns over that time.