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Chargers Not Likely to Place Franchise Tag on WR Jackson

The Chargers don’t sound like they want to spend what would cost them nearly $13.7 million to put the franchise tag on Pro Bowl wide receiver Vincent Jackson.

The Bolts can place the tag on Jackson till March 5th. If they don’t put the tag on him, he will become an unrestricted free agent on March 13th, allowing him to negotiate and sign with another team.

Michael Gehlken of NBC San Diego reports while retaining Jackson is considered a top priority for general manager A.J. Smith, sources said Smith is “extremely uncomfortable” allocating that much money to a one-year guaranteed deal. A tag late in the designation period is not beyond possibility, but ultimately, the chances are said to be “highly unlikely.

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