Minnesota Vikings WR Depth: Three Reasons To Trade for Vincent Jackson

Tony TuckerCorrespondent ISeptember 3, 2010

SAN DIEGO - JANUARY 17:  Wide receiver Vincent Jackson #83 of the San Diego Chargers runs with the ball after a catch against the New York Jets during  AFC Divisional Playoff Game at Qualcomm Stadium on January 17, 2010 in San Diego, California.  (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)
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The Minnesota Vikings are currently facing a big question mark at the wide receiver position. What appeared to be an offensive strength, now looks like a couple of average guys supported by journey men.

Anyone familiar with Brett Favre's career knows that he has been able to turn water into wine with average WR. A perfect example is Javon Walker. Walker is the WR the Vikings have signed hoping to replace some of what will be missing with Sidney Rice out for at least six games after hip surgery.

The Vikings also traded for Greg Camarillo from the Miami Dolphins.  I think its safe to say that neither of these guys are bringing the kind of talent and play making ability to the offense that Rice was.

The second year standout Percy Harvin is still battling migraine headaches and for all anyone knows is on a week-to-week basis.

The one healthy WR Bernard Berrian, has never even had a 1,000 yard receiving season.  That is not No. 1 guy quality.

Which leads me to wonder, who is going to be the guy?

The San Diego Chargers are having contract issues with their best WR Vincent Jackson.  Chargers GM AJ Smith is most likely not going to give Jackson the money he wants and Jackson has already said he is prepared to sit out the entire 2010 NFL season.

Jackson is asking for a four year, 40 million dollar deal, which to me and you is huge money, but not to an NFL franchise.

Creating Depth

Jackson will serve a three game suspension for driving under the influence for the second time.  So, he might not be the smartest guy, but I'm not asking him to drive a Minneapolis school bus.

Jackson would miss the Saints, Dolphins, and Lions games - second two are at home.  Then the Vikings have the bye week, followed by the brutal four game stretch of @ Jets, Dallas, @ Green Bay, and @ New England.

Those are four games in which they are going to need to score a lot of points to be in the game. They would enter that gauntlet with a fresh 6'5, 230 pound Jackson leading the receiving core.

The major reason they need to add depth is because no one knows how Rice will respond from hip surgery - its not like he got a haircut.

Wilf Needs to go all In

Ziggy Wilf wanted Favre to return so badly that he is offering him a potential extra 7 million dollars for this season. Favre could earn a total of 20 million for this season.

Wilf didn't bring back a grandfather to have fun or even just a good season, he wants to hoist the Lombardi trophy.  He got close enough to taste it last year and thinks Favre is the QB who can lead them to the title.

This wouldn't even be a thought for Wilf had this unfortunate injury not happened to Rice, but the reality is that the offense will struggle if your counting on Camarillo and Walker to equate to what Rice did last season.

The Future

If you get Jackson before the season starts, lets set up the worse case scenario.  Rice doesn't heal all season and can't come back till next year, at least now you have one go-to guy.

Next year the Vikings likely won't have Favre and will need as many offensive play-makers for Tarvaris Jackson or Sage Rosenfels as possible.

If Rice does come back this season you would have 6'4(Rice) on one side and 6'5(Jackson) on the other, with Harvin free to wonder the middle.

The Vikings could lock up a 24 year old Rice and 27 year old Jackson for the next four years and have the best one-two punch in all of football at the WR position.

Final Thoughts

I believe the Vikings will still make the playoffs without pursing Jackson, but this season isn't about just making the playoffs for anyone involved with the Vikings organization from ownership to the fans.

If the Chargers played in a tougher division I believe they would have already signed Jackson and given him the 10 million a season he is asking for.  The Chargers aren't in the business of competing for a championship they are in this to field a competitive product and make money.


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