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Chargers Pass on Tag for Vincent Jackson

When the NFL Franchise Tag deadline passed Monday, the Chargers did nothing to secure Vincent Jackson's future with the team.

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    San Diego Chargers wide receiver Vincent Jackson is introduced prior to the start of the game against the Minnesota Vikings at Qualcomm Stadium on September 11, 2011 in San Diego, California.

    San Diego Chargers wide receiver Vincent Jackson will be a free agent.

    When the NFL Franchise Tag deadline passed Monday, the Chargers did nothing.

    In order to keep Jackson off a competitive open market, the Chargers needed to put down nearly $13.7 million to place the franchise tag on the Pro Bowl wide receiver.

    But that didn't happen.

    Now, Jackson will become an unrestricted free agent March 13, allowing him to negotiate and sign with another team. 

    That is unless he signs a deal with the Chargers first.

    “We discussed it again this morning, and nothing changed. We did not like the franchise number, never did,” General Manager A.J. Smith was quoted in a team news release.

    “Vincent will enter the market, and we will see what happens. We would like to have him continue on with us, but other teams now will enter the picture.

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