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Vincent Jackson to Report to Chargers

Jackson to sign Oct. 29, make season debut vs. Colts

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    Vincent Jackson celebrates his touchdown against the Denver Broncos in the first half during Monday Night Football on Oct. 19, 2009, at Qualcomm Stadium.

    Two days after not being dealt by the league's final trade deadline, wide receiver Vincent Jackson is ready to report to the Chargers.

    Agent Neil Schwartz said Thursday his client will sign what is left of his prorated $583,000 tender and join the Chargers on Oct. 29. Jackson, as a member of the roster exempt list, will be required to sit out three games, setting his season debut for Week 12 against the Indianapolis Colts.

    Jackson, 27, must play at least six games this season to accrue his sixth year of league service time. Jackson will become eligible to sign with any team as an unrestricted free agent after the season. Had Jackson not reported, he would likely again be under the Chargers' control as a restricted free agent, although it could have been contested by the NFL Players Association.

    Jackson's camp was reportedly advised by the NFLPA not to count on such a ruling.

    The Chargers originally offered Jackson a one-year, $3.268 million tender. That figure dropped to $583,000 on June 15. Over the final six games, he is scheduled to make just under $206,000.

    Jackson was the Chargers' top wide receiver last season, posting career numbers en route to his first Pro Bowl. He had 68 receptions for a team-high 1,167 yards and nine touchdowns.

    The Bolts are currently shorthanded at wide receiver. Malcom Floyd (hamstring) is expected to miss Sunday's game against the Patriots, and Legedu Naanee (hamstring) has missed the past two games but is close to returning.