Vincent Jackson finally got the big paycheck that he has wanted the last several seasons. Jackson signed a 5 year, 55.55 million dollar deal, with 26 million guaranteed. He can make up to 36 million in the first two seasons. This ends all speculation as to where Jackson would end up. San Diego is already in contact with free agents Robert Meachem and Laurent Robinson to replace Jackson, who was a Pro Bowl level receiver for the Chargers. Meachem is also being pursued by the Bills, while Robinson is being pursued by the Jags. Robinson is a training camp casualty for the Chargers from last season, so Turner would no what he is getting with him. Meachem is an unknown. People question if he is good or just a product of a system. I expect San Diego to sign one of these two and target a young receiver in the draft.
In other news, St. Louis has agreed to a 5 year deal with CB Cortland Finnegan for roughly 50 million. Finnegan is being reunited with former Titans coach Jeff Fisher. I would have to say that the Redskins are the winners of day one of free agency. While not any one of the receivers they signed is elite, they acquired several good options for expected quarterback RG3. I think that Garcon is highly overpaid, but I am intrigued by Josh Morgan and his potential. Day two may be won by the Bucs or the Bills. Tampa is also trying to sign G Carl Nicks and LB Curtis Lofton. Buffalo is pursing Meachem and is willing to make Mario Williams the highest paid defensive player in the league. It just came in that Indianapolis resigned Reggie Wayne to a 3 year contract.