NFL Trade Rumors: Vincent Jackson To Vikings Means NFC Goes Through Minnesota?

Sayre BedingerSenior Writer ISeptember 15, 2010

Vincent Jackson may have played his last game in a Chargers helmet
Vincent Jackson may have played his last game in a Chargers helmetScott Halleran/Getty Images

Vincent Jackson could be on the move.

Sources are reporting that the Minnesota Vikings are apparently ready to make an offer for the disgruntled wide receiver from San Diego, though nothing else has been noted at this point.  The offer is dependent upon Jackson's six-game suspension being reduced to three according to sources.

This is a huge news development.  The Vikings were previously rumored to be interested in trading for Jackson, and this is the first bit of hard news in regards to the potential move.

This would be an absolutely fantastic move by the Vikings, who are in desperate need of a vertical threat with Sidney Rice out half the season, perhaps even longer.

In any event, I think the likely compensation for Jackson will be dependent on what kind of extension he is given, but the rumor is a one-year deal. I'm not of the belief that a one-year deal is the best route for the Vikings to travel, but to each their own.

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My guess on the compensation would undoubtedly be a second-round pick in 2011, and I think a conditional third-round pick in 2012 with the potential to raise or lower depending on Jackson's extension with the team.

For the Vikings, this move automatically puts them back on the map in my mind as the top team in the NFC, possibly even the NFL. Adding Vincent Jackson to their wide receiver corps will give them undoubtedly the best group of receivers in the league with Jackson, Sidney Rice, Percy Harvin, Bernard Berrian, Greg Camarillo, and Visanthe Shiancoe.


The Vikings already have one of the league's top running offenses, led by Adrian Peterson, and one of the NFL's top defensive units featuring the best defensive front four I have seen in recent memory.

Adding a Pro Bowl-caliber receiver like Vincent Jackson into the fold only makes this team even scarier, and will give Favre the deep threat outlet that he craves.

Jackson is a 6'5" beast of a receiver who was snagged in the third round of the 2005 Draft by the Chargers out of the University of Northern Colorado, and has emerged as one of the NFL's top downfield threats.  For the Vikings, he would likely be the final piece for an offense that appears as though it could simply explode when Sidney Rice returns to full health, whenever that may be.

This move also has a huge fantasy impact. Not only does it put Brett Favre back on the map, it makes Vincent Jackson a must-add if he wasn't already stashed away in your league, and it opens up opportunities for Harvin and Berrian as well.

Another thing this move does is significantly weaken the Chargers, as if Jackson's holdout hadn't done so already. There's no way this team can recover from the loss of Jackson over a 16-game season. Antonio Gates will get a huge boost in terms of his offensive production, but the Chiefs proved on Monday night that not only can teams absorb the blow of Gates, they can flat-out dominate and fluster Philip Rivers and the Charger offense.

The team is obviously putting a lot of stock in lesser talents like Malcolm Floyd, Legedu Naanee, and Patrick Crayton. The good thing for Charger fans is that Philip Rivers is a fantastic talent, and a very accurate quarterback.

In the end, I love this move for the Vikings. They aren't going to have to give up a first-round pick for a guy who will come in Week 4 and immediately improve this team, provided his suspension is lowered.

Jackson puts the Vikings atop the NFC in my opinion. I simply don't see how teams are going to defend such a stellar receiving corps.