I see us paying VJax a loooooooot of money. Hopefully he earns it.
In other WR news, according to the twitterverse Mike Wallace flew down with BenJarvus-GreenEllis to hang out with Chad Ochocinco. Chumming up with future teammates already, eh?
Rest In Peace, #21.
Gone but never forgotten.
As much as I liked Vincent Jackson, he is also 30 years old. And he's no physical freak like Randy Moss who can still gun it over 30. Are you sure you want invest most of your cap into this guy for the next 4 years?
BTW, are the Skins really interested in Royal or are people just suggesting it because he played well for Shanny in Denver? Will Royal fit in little Shanny's offense?...
Here's how we can afford Vincent Jackson, from a budget standpoint:
At the wide receiver position, with the assumption that we enter the 2013 season having signed Eddie Royal to an affordable, manageable veteran deal (say, $2 million a year), and cut Santana Moss, our wide receiving group could very possibly look like:
Hankerson (rookie contract)
Niles Paul (rookie contract)
2012/2013 draft pick (rookie contract)
Eddie Royal (~$2 million a year)
meaning we can afford an over-market rate for Vincent Jackson, as his enormous salary ($11 million a year?) would likely still fit into the budget that we've allotted to the position.
This is further aided by Shanahan's penchant for cheap, young running backs -- Helu and Royster will be on rookie deals, while a 3rd back (Hightower?) will also be on a manageable, affordable veteran deal.
Vincent Jackson makes bank in 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015 -- and when our young guys need to be paid, we can get Jackson off the books before he turns 33.
It's a measured risk, for certain. I've mentioned this before, though it's easy to get lost in threads like these, but I think Vincent Jackson would bring to RGIII (if we were to get him) precisely what Plaxico Burress brought to Eli Manning. Similar size, 6'5, ~235lbs, though Jackson's a little faster. Similar age (28 vs 29 in first season with new team). Some potential problematic attitude similarities, which is what makes a move all the more uncertain.
This league has become so increasingly year-to-year that if we're presented with an opportunity to far and away improve a single position on the team -- and he fits into our lockerroom, system and salary cap structure (as only Shanahan + staff could truly know) -- I think it's a move worth the gamble. Presuming, of course, that we have a relatively affordable opt-out clause, or a front-loaded deal that allows us an exit in the case of a major mistake, in the vain of Haynesworth.
But Jackson's an elite physical freak who would add a legitimate big-play threat, touchdown machine, chain-moving possession receiver and last-ditch panic target in one. There are few receivers like him, and even fewer opportunities to add one to our team
VJax and Meachem or VJax and Garcon, speed speed and more speed
I'm sure they open things up for each other but we have a pretty good TE ourselves in Fred Davis.
I would be more concerned with what influence Phillip Rivers has on his production but if we don't upgrade our QB position we have bigger worries than if Jackson can match his previous production or not.
I think he'd likely be one of our top 3 receivers, depending on Moss and Hankerston, quite possibly competing for #2 or even #1. Not necessarily because he's all that good, rather our current guys are not either. With Hankerston, we have potential. Moss and Gaffney? Well I respect them a lot, but we know what they can do for us and there's not much potential (for big plays especially). Meacham is significantly younger than both and more 'explosive'. If his targets are increased here, and he keeps his YAC and catch % somewhat consistent with his past, you'll have a pretty good player for a pretty reasonable price.
I understand wanting a legitimate #1 Wr, but I also understand wanting to wait and see how our offense changes with good QBing before breaking the bank on a Wr.
Redskins 2013 Opponents:
Home- Dallas, NY Giants, Philadelphia, Detroit, Chicago, San Francisco, Kansas City, San Diego
Away- Dallas, NY Giants, Philadelphia, Green Bay, Minnesota, Atlanta, Denver, Oakland
Meachem is also a product of Brees. Meachem is a 1st round draft pick who busted, we don't want him. Also, if you look at his highlight reel, and then look at Anthony Armstrong's, they look like the same player.
Last edited by Alcoholic Zebra; March-7th-2012 at 12:29 PM.
To whoever said Meacham is a bust, that's fine, but we wouldn't be paying him that kind of money so who really cares? Pay him as a low end #2 and hope he steps up his game.
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