Now of course our #1 need has been and still is the O-Line; however, we may need a differance maker at WR to increase our chances of being Super Bowl contenders even higher. There have been a good number of potential FA WRs that have been mentioned and bounced around a bit over the last few posts. However, a name imo to really watch is non other that Chargers WR Vincent Jackson. Now this post is not much more than speculation; however there may be some evidence that the Chargers could perhaps go in another direction from Vincent Jackson. Follow me after the jump to hear more on the controversy as well as to why he could be the missing piece besides a good O-Line to a Super Bowl championship:
First, lets go into what I feel is a controversy in San Diego. As of now he is to my knowledge a RFA who signed a tender last season to play in the final 8 games of the season. This is where the controversy starts. Last year he not only got suspended a few games because of a speeding ticket, but he also held out until half of the season was over with in hopes of obtaining a big contract. He wasn't too happy in his stay with the Chargers last season and perhaps his thinking at the time was to finish the season with the Chargers and then head off in FA. But, with this lockout in place nothing is happening yet. That has not prevented the Chargers from expressing interest in other WRs. Now they have not one but perhaps 2 WRs that are FAs of any type, Malcom Floyd as well as Vincent Jackson. Many would presume Floyd to be the odd man out. Yet when I see names such as Steve Smith and Plaxico Burress tied with the Chargers; with both being mentioned by ESPN's Cris Carter (nothing comfirmed about either of them), if true then Im really wondering if the Chargers motives may be to find a big named guy to replace Jackson with while pairing them with Floyd. They are not going to have enough money to sign either Plaxico Burress and/or Steve Smith to a fair amount of cash along with a long term deal with Vincent Jackson. Malcom Floyd would be the wiser financial decision, he would not cost nearly as much as Vincent Jackson will which will allow the Chargers to bring in a good amount of talent to fill in the would-be holes. So this all adds up to a potential release of Vincent Jackson, as when an organization goes as far as to start looking at other #1 options even before FA starts up, truly is suspicious. Now lets look into where we (Bears) could potentially enter the scene.
A while back ago per Brad Biggs the Bears have mentioned interest in adding a large WR into the receiving corps who would be a match for the system. Many of us thought it could have been done in the draft; however, Jerry Angelo stated that this year's crop was "unimpressive" to him and perhaps he is eyeing someone in FA. The Bears did make a good amount of budgetary moves to add money into a potential account reserved for FA, which include the release of Tommie Harris and Kevin Schaffer, followed by the surprizing restructuring of Julius Peppers's massive contract. There has to be someone the Bears are setting their eyes on who could command a large salary. Now here is Vincent Jackson:
He possesses traits a good number of us Bears fans are hoping the Bears add into the WR corps. Those traits are size ( 6-5, 230 pounds), speed ( 4.46, pretty fast for a big guy), great hands, decent route running, but most importantly a ferocious attitude when compeating for the football. Another thought is he ran in a similar system in San Diego which featured a great strong-armed QB while taking deep drops. Lets add this all up; has great #1 attributes we do lack in our receiving corps as well as some familiarity with this type of offense. The Bears might be looking for big WRs that fit their system, Vincent Jackson has played in a system very close to ours. Vincent Jackson looking for big money, Bears making moves to afford big money. This makes far too much sense to over-look. Jerry Angelo has stated the Bears are going to become players in FA once again. Imo he is the #1 target Jay Cutler needs to have the best chance of winning a Super Bowl. Having a corps made up of Earl Bennett, Devin Hester, Johnny Knox, Greg Olsen at TE, then you add Vincent Jackson into the mix and you have an explosive receiving corps that can help win championships with a pro-bowl QB. Throw in a good O-Line and we have a potential dynasty in the making.
So what say you Bears nation: