The San Diego Chargers have designated WR Vincent Jackson has been designated the team’s franchise Player.
Jackson, 28, was designated a “non-exclusive” franchise player, which means that he can negotiate with other teams. Should he receive an offer from another team, the Chargers can either match the new club’s offer or receive two first-round draft choices as compensation. In addition, the Chargers and Jackson may negotiate a long-term contract.
“Vincent has been a valuable contributor to our team,” said general manager A.J. Smith. “We want him to be a Charger.”
Jackson will receive a one-year tender at the average of the top five salaries among receivers last year. Once Jackson signs the one-year franchise tender, the salary becomes fully guaranteed.
The last player to be designated the team’s franchise Player was RB/KR Darren Sproles in 2009.
San Diego's other starting wide receiver, Malcom Floyd, is also set to become a free agent.