Chargers receiver Vincent Jackson, a season removed from an ugly holdout that dragged into the normal season, seems to be ready to let bygones be bygones.
Speaking at training camp, in video posted by the San Diego Union-Tribune, Jackson made clear that he has no tough feelings toward G.M. A.J. Smith or everyone else in the organization.
“I’ve never ever had a problem with anybody in this developing,” Jackson mentioned. “I feel like this is property.”
It is a far cry from last year, when the mood was so bad that a lot of believed Jackson would by no means play for the Chargers once again. This year, he has signed his one-year franchise tender, which will pay him far more than $ 10 million in 2011.
Speaking of $ 10 million, Jackson calmly refuted the notion that he or his representatives were searching for anything in exchange for his decision to drop his portion of the Brady class action lawsuit. That contention conflicts with numerous media reports that Jackson’s agents wanted Jackson to become a free agent, or to be paid $ 10 million.
Regardless, Jackson is pleased. And that ought to make Chargers fans happy. If they’d had him for all of the 2010 season, the campaign might have ended considerably differently than it did.