Is Vincent Jackson headed to the Minnesota Vikings?

There have been a lot of rumors floating around the NFL throughout the offseason and the preseason about the future of Pro Bowl wide receiver Vincent Jackson and whether or not he will remain with the San Diego Chargers or be traded elsewhere. Even though the wideout still has a suspension to serve when he is available to suit, something interesting happen this week when it was learnt that if he does get traded he could end up playing as early as Week 5.

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As of right now, Vincent Jackson seems to be done in San Diego as the Chargers seem adamant about not signing him to the new deal that he wants, but with the recent news about his playing status the phone lines in the Chargers’ front office have started to blow up with teams showing interest in trading for the Pro Bowl wide receiver.

At this point in time, there seems to be four teams most interested in making a deal for Vincent Jackson with the Cleveland Browns, Seattle Seahawks, Washington Redskins and the Minnesota Vikings being the candidates. All four of these teams are desperate for wide receivers right now and with the exception of the Cleveland Browns, all of these teams could be playoff bound and maybe even Super Bowl bound with the addition of Jackson to their roster.

Even though he could just as easily land in Cleveland, Washington or Seattle, the one place that is getting mentioned more than any of the four teams right now is in Minnesota. It is no secret that the Minnesota Vikings are in desperate need for a go to guy in the offense for quarterback Brett Favre with their recent injuries to Percy Harvin (hip and migraines) and most notably Sidney Rice (hip), but whether or not Vincent Jackson can come in and be an immediate impact guy remains to be seen.

There is no question that Vincent Jackson has talent and would almost certainly make the Minnesota Vikings a better team with his presence downfield, but with that talent, like many Pro Bowl wide receivers in the league, comes quite a bit of baggage and the demand for money.

Obviously, Sidney Rice is the number one guy in the receiving corps, but with Vincent Jackson in the mix things might start to get a bit complicated and with Jackson being ineligible until Week 5, the Vikings will still have to play a few games before he even gets on the field.

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Personally, I believe adding Vincent Jackson is a good move for the Minnesota Vikings as it will keep opposing defenses honest and will give both Brett Favre and Adrian Peterson more time to work their magic, but it all depends on what the Vikings will have to give up in return and whether or not Sidney Rice will be able to coexist with another big-name wideout.

This deal does have a time limit though as the Minnesota Vikings will have to make a decision quick here because if a deal isn’t done before the middle of next week, Jackson will have to serve the entire suspension regardless.

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