It looks like the rumors that had the Patriots trading Logan Mankins to the Chargers in return for Vincent Jackson are some what inaccurate. Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune writes that the inclusion of Mankins in the deal is very unlikely because of the fact that the Chargers are not in need of help at the guard position.
Despite a deal for the two players looking like a long-shot, both players could still find themselves playing for their respective teams this season.
“If they sit out the entire season, there is still a very, very strong chance they end up right back where they are — restricted free agents” writes Jason La Canfora of the NFL Network.
The current collective bargaining agreement contains clauses that would make players that holdout for the entire season restricted free-agents during the following year. Both Mankins and Jackson are likely to avoid this scenario at all costs which means that the may end up signing their tenders and reporting for week 10.
“Even if we tried to challenge that language through a grievance or a settlement, there’s no guarantee we would win,” La Canfora’s union source explained. “There is no way to guarantee in any instance they would get the language they want.”