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While a deal is not imminent, a possibility exists that Jackson has played his last down in a Chargers uniform.
According to a source, the Seattle Seahawks were involved in trade talks that ended up going nowhere because the Chargers declined Seattle’s compensation package.
The latest party of interest is the Washington Redskins, a team the same source said is enamored with the prospect of giving new quarterback Donovan McNabb a receiver of Jackson’s caliber.
New Redskins coach Mike Shanahan known to be a big fan of Jackson after facing him repeatedly while coaching the Denver Broncos.
It’s also known that the Broncos have great respect for the Colorado native’s abilities and they could be a suitor, although it seems highly unlikely that the Chargers would trade such a commodity within the division.
While Jackson could be had by another team, a trade is not a given. The Chargers will want quality compensation, which will include a high draft pick, an established veteran or both.
Also, a team acquiring Jackson would have to lock him up long term. It would take a deal slightly above the four-year, $47.5 million contract given to Brandon Marshall, which included $24 million in guaranteed money.
Marshall was dealt from Denver to Miami for a pair of second-round picks.
Whether a similar deal would be acceptable to the Chargers remains unknown.
General manager A.J. Smith has been on vacation since last week.
The possibility of trading Jackson seemed preposterous following the 2009 season, when Jackson earned Pro Bowl honors and recorded his second straight 1,000-yard season. That’s true, even though he’s scheduled for a one- to four-game suspension after violating the league’s substance abuse policy.
But contract squabbles stemming from his status as a restricted free agent and the Chargers reluctance to give him anything beyond a one-year contract tender worth roughly $3 million.
The Chargers reduced the offer by nearly $2.5 million last month, virtually ensuring that Jackson won’t report until Week 10 of the regular season or beyond.
Left tackle Marcus McNeill is following Jackson’s path in terms of withholding services, but a source confirmed that the Chargers are not considering offers for him. They’ll keep McNeill in hopes of eventually mending fences and working out a long-term deal.