Adam Schefter added his perspective on the rumors of Vincent Jackson being traded to the New England Patriots.
“I know there are reports out there that the Patriots have looked into it, but I don’t see it happening in any way. New England would have to pay the Chargers and Jackson, and I don’t see either, happening. New England really likes its young wide receivers. It is going to ask more of them in the coming weeks. But bottom line: Don’t expect to see Jackson in New England.”
Considering that there are a number of wide receivers available right now, it seems likely that the Patriots will try out their young receiving core before searching for the best available option. The one thing that Bill Belichick and the Patriots are known for is finding value when making a deal. Don’t expect the team to rush into a trade unless an injury forces their hand in the matter.
ESPN’s Tim Kavanagh adds some names to the list of teams who could acquire Vincent Jackson.
Yesterday Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune mentioned the Chargers asking which you can find below. Considering the high demands for Jackson, you can already rule out the Washington Redskins. Kavanagh mentions that the Cleveland Browns remain an option and possibly even the Tennessee Titans who are in need of a big-play receiver.
Speculation, that the New England Patriots are trying to fill Moss’s role in the teams offense, has run rampant since the Randy Moss trade.
The Patriots have been rumored to be interested in acquiring Deion Branch back from the Seattle Seahawks. Steve Smith of the Carolina Panthers and Lee Evans of the Buffalo Bills have also been rumored to be options for the Patriots.
Tom Curran of CSNNE.com is reporting that the team has discussed the possibility of trading for Vincent Jackson. Curran mentions that the Patriots have considered trading Logan Mankins in return for Jackson from the Chargers.
Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports that the Chargers are asking for a second-round pick and a third-round pick from an NFC team while the cost for an AFC team would be a first-round pick and a second-round pick. This is a pretty steep price for Jackson but there is no doubt that he is a very talented wide receiver.
Since Jackson was a restricted free agent during the offseason, a team could have had him for a first and third-round pick if the Chargers declined to match the offer. We’ll have to see how this situation progresses.