The current threat of an extended holdout by San Diego Chargers Pro Bowl WR Vincent Jackson could pose some problems for the team in 2010. Jackson along with LT Marcus McNeill have refused to sign their tenders and have threatened to sit out for up to 10 games next season. Jackson has developed into a fantastic receiver and will be missed if he decides to sit but can Malcom Floyd and Legedu Naanee fill the void of Jackson’s absence?
Boise St. product Legedu Naanee will benefit the most from a Jackson holdout. Naanee is another large framed receiver at 6’2″ 220 pounds and had his best season last year in his young career with 24 receptions. He would most likely assume the role of the Chargers #2 receiver and if Jackson’s holdout does last 10 games, his fantasy value should rise dramatically.
Malcom Floyd will be moved into the #1 role and will see an increase in looks in Jackson’s absence. Jackson and Floyd both averaged 17.2 yards per reception. Floyd logged 45 receptions last season as the Chargers #2 receiver but only scored one touchdown. He is a freakishly large target at 6’5″ 225 pounds but it remains to be seen if he can flourish as a true number one target.
Of course, the best possible scenario for the Chargers would be to get Jackson on the team, but if he misses 10 games, the Chargers have to have another plan in place if they have playoff aspirations for 2010. Yesterday Jason LaCanfora said on the NFL Network that if the Chargers were to trade Jackson, the Seattle Seahawks would be active in persuing the reciver. This morning, it’s been confirmed that the Chargers were contacted by a team and they responded no thanks.
As another possibility, Terrell Owens is still unemployed. Just sayin….