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Two Reports Conflict Over Why Jackson Not Traded

One report blames Jackson, the other the Chargers

By Michael Gehlken
|  Sunday, Sep 5, 2010  |  Updated 12:57 PM PDT
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SAN DIEGO - JANUARY 17: Wide receiver Vincent Jackson #83 of the San Diego Chargers runs with the ball after a catch against the New York Jets during AFC Divisional Playoff Game at Qualcomm Stadium on January 17, 2010 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)

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Amid speculation that Vincent Jackson would be traded on Saturday, no deal was made. Two reports on Sunday have offered very different explainations as to why.

According to the first report, it wasn't because the Chargers didn't try.

Quite the opposite, actually.

As an NFC general manager reportedly tells CBSSports.com's Clark Judge, the Chargers' asking price lowered to the point Saturday where “they'd almost take anything” for the Pro Bowl wide receiver.

Rather, trade discussions stalled because no team was willing to meet Jackson's contract demands.

“The money,” the GM said. “It's way too much. They're asking for more than Brandon Marshall [five years, $50 million], and there's no way people are interested.”

Then came another report, this one filed from a family reunion by ProFootballTalk.com's Mike Florio in true Ari Gold style.

Citing a league source, Florio reported that Jackson's camp wasn't fixed on seeking a lengthy, Mashall-type deal. On the contrary, Jackson's agents agreed to a one-year contract with an NFL team on Saturday, but the team couldn't reach trade terms with the Chargers.

More is likely to come regarding what exactly went wrong Saturday.

In any event, Jackson is now expected to miss at least six games this season: three due to a league suspension for his second DUI, and an additional three for not reporting to a team by Saturday's 3 p.m. deadline.

The Chargers open their season Sept. 13 against the Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium.

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