Yahoo! sports Jason Cole reports that Seattle Seahawk’s G.M. John Schneider has been given permission to discuss the terms of a new contract with San Diego Chargers wideout, Vincent Jackson. Seattle has been said to have already met with Jackson’s agent to try reach an agreement which could pave the way for trade between the two teams. He mentions that sources close to the discussions have said that the Chargers intend to trade Jackson rather than sign him and also mentioned that Seattle was given permission to negotiate a deal with Jackson in a letter that they received this last week.
As of right now there is no indication of what the Chargers may be looking for in return from a potential trade partner but Brandon Marshall was dealt to the Dolphins for a second-round pick and should serve as a good precedent for a Vincent Jackson deal.
This is the first sign of progress in the Vincent Jackson holdout saga. Chargers general manager, A.J. Smith, has already made it pretty clear that the team has no plans to restructure Jacksons contract and sign him to a long-term deal. The Seahawks have been rumored to be a potential suitor for the wideout for the last fews months but this is the first credible report that has come out to this point.
The Chargers have already served Jackson and fellow holdout, Marcus McNeill, a letter that informed them that they will be placed on the Roster Exempt List if they didn’t sign their tenders by today. This basically forces them to show up by week 8 so that they receive credit for an accrued season and given that Jackson will have to serve a three-game suspension, talks should be picking up in the coming weeks.