Patriots’ interest in Chargers wideout Vincent Jackson never really got going.
A combination of factors kept it from getting serious but, the biggest obstacle is Jackson’s rap sheet showing 2 San Diego DUI convictions.
Jackson’s been convicted of two San Diego Drunk Driving / DUI – related charges since 2006.
The most recent San Diego DUI, which came in February, resulted in a three-game suspension, according to San Diego criminal defense lawyers.
NFL folks suggest the Braylon Edwards arrest last month made several teams re-evaluate their interest in San Diego’s Jackson.
The Seahawks, Redskins, Rams and Vikings were all sniffing around Jackson to different degrees. But after the Edwards arrest, owners for two of the franchises backed away, not wanting to deal with the fallout of adding a player with a checkered past in light of the league’s recent focus on personal conduct issues.
NFL teams just didn’t want the press conference with Vince up there holding a jersey and everyone asking about all the (San Diego DUI) mistakes he’s made and why their team would take that risk.
The same thing occurred in New England. When news of the initial interest reached the ears of owner Robert Kraft, the Pats backed off.
If that is the way it played out, it’s hard to imagine Kraft had to do much convincing of his football people to stay away from the deal.
The Rams are not interested in trading for Vincent Jackson to replace Mark Clayton, according to NFL.
com’s Steve Wyche.
Wyche’s source says the Rams are “currently not pursuing” a trade for Jackson, and the team plans to “move in a different direction” at receiver. The Rams reportedly backed off their interest in V-Jax a month ago due to concerns about his DUIs.
Malcom Floyd’s 213-yard coming out party can’t be helping Jackson’s trade value or contract demands, either.
The asking price from San Diego (first and second-round picks), the fact Jackson will be looking for a new deal wherever he goes and his checkered past made him an unlikely Patriot or Ram.