Originally written on Pro Football Zone  |  Last updated 10/30/14

SAN DIEGO, CA - OCTOBER 19: Vincent Jackson #83 of the San Diego Chargers celebrates his touchdown against the Denver Broncos in the first half during Monday Night Football on October 19, 2009 at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, California. (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)

According to NFL.com,  sources have indicated that San Diego Chargers general manager A.J. Smith is now “comfortable” with trying to get a long-term deal done with wide receiver Vincent Jackson.

Jackson indicated that he hasn’t even spoken with Smith yet about working on a new contract.

“There hasn’t been any communication as far as contracts go,” Jackson said. “If that’s their feeling, that’s great. I would like to stay in San Diego. Obviously, that’s my home, that’s where I was drafted. I’ve got some good guys around me -– Philip Rivers (Antonio) Gates, Ryan Mathews. It would be a great place for me to stay, so we’ll see if that works out.”

This past season,  Jackson earned $11.4 million since he was tagged as the Chargers franchise player and he’d like to avoid being tagged for next season.

“That’s something that’s out of my control,” he said. “I can’t concern myself with how that goes. I’d love to have a long-term deal just to have security of where you’re going to be for a while. That’s a decision that they have to make.”

Smith needs to stop messing around and make sure he locks up his most dangerous offensive player.

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