Like I had written in my “Players Who Didn’t Get The Franchise Tag article from Tuesday, the Chargers opted to avoid slapping wide receiver Vincent Jackson with the franchise tag for the second year in a row, allowing him to test the free agent market. Will the Chargers be able to come up with a new long-term extension before free agency starts? Will they even want to? I’m doubtful on that. After Jackson’s multiple drunk-driving arrests, a three-game suspension for violating the league’s personal conduct policy and a hold out in 2010 because of a contract dispute, GM A.J. Smith might be ready to wipe his hands clean of the talented, yet slightly troublesome Jackson.
Before I go into the top 5 teams who could back up the money truck up for Jackson’s services, lets take a look at his career stats: