I've gotten some questions for the Q&A regarding San Diego Chargers receiver Vincent Jackson.
Since ESPN's Adam Schefter mentioned it today, I don't see the point in waiting until Friday to address it.
I liken the Bears interest in Jackson to the club's interest in safety O.J. Atogwe. Sure, the Bears could see the value in adding a player of Jackson's caliber.
But, the reality is, the cost is simply too great.
In regards to Jackson, the Bears would have to compensate the Chargers with draft picks. Bears general manager Jerry Angelo has reiterated that he's not inclined to do that. Besides, the cost is prohibitive: likely at least one first-round pick.
For argument's sake, though, let's assume the Bears did come to terms with the Chargers on compensation. The next challenge is to get Jackson to agree to terms on a long-term contract. He would, at minimum, want to get something similar to the four-year, $47.5 million deal Brandon Marshall got from the Miami Dolphins. Jackson, after all, has as many touchdowns (16) as Marshall has in the past two seasons, and he hasn't been dogged by questions about his character.
Given the team's signing of Julius Peppers to a monster contract, it seems completely far-fetched that the Bears would add another high-priced player.
Jackson is a huge target (6 foot 5), and he's got very good speed. But, I also wonder if he's ideally suited for Mike Martz's offense. You can always fit a good player into any system. But the Bears have insisted that they are pleased with their depth at receiver.