The Vincent Jackson
to the Vikings rumors are starting to sprout legs. Profootballtalk.com initially reported that Jackson had a one-year deal in place
with another team on cut-down day. PFT went on to second a report
by KFAN in Minneapolis last weekend that the Vikings are prepared to make a play for Jackson if -- and only if -- his suspension is reduced from six games to three by an arbitrator following Thursday's 9 a.m. hearing.
After Vikes owner Zygi Wilf made it clear early this week that he's in Super Bowl-or-bust
mode, the V-Jax rumors began picking up even more steam. Brett Favre
, never shy about recruiting impact weapons
, has undoubtedly been in Wilf's ear on the subject.
As a guest on XX Sports San Diego's radio show Wednesday, FOX Sports' John Czarnecki added to the previous reports, stating that the Vikings are poised to offer "a high draft pick
" for Jackson. Czarnecki believes the Rams will re-enter the mix as well. The Chargers' price tag is believed to be in the neighborhood of a 2011 second-round pick plus a conditional pick in 2012 if Jackson ends up signing a long-term deal with his new team.
Bolts GM A.J. Smith is said to be vehement about keeping his former No. 1 receiver out of the AFC, and the NFC North's Vikes would be a best-case scenario for Jackson's fantasy value. Favre is lacking a big-play threat down the field with Sidney Rice
out until at least November, and no receiver in the league comes down with the ball in traffic better than V-Jax. If one was to draw up the perfect weapon for Favre to "lead" into tight spaces, the 6'5" Jackson would be it.
The potential trade would have major fantasy repercussions, escalating the value of not only Jackson but also Favre.
Again, all of this hinges on Thursday's arbitration case, the results of which could be known as early as Friday
. If the ruling comes down in Jackson's favor, he could be in purple and gold by the week's end. Although Aaron Rodgers fanned the flames of a potential trade for former Cal teammate Marshawn Lynch Wednesday, this hot-stove talk appears to have no legs whatsoever. The Bills wanted at least a third-round pick in return for Lynch last April, and Packers GM Ted Thompson doesn't part with draft picks for veterans. On the heels of speculation that the Bills might be interested in a one-for-one swap involving Packers ILB Alex Hawk, NFL Network's Jason La Canfora reported that Buffalo is telling teams Lynch "is not available."
After coach Andy Reid acknowledged that Kevin Kolb (concussion) will not practice until Friday at the earliest, NFL Network's Michael Lombardi confirmed that Michael Vick will draw the start at Detroit on Sunday. In fact, Lombardi expects Vick to take the job and run with it for the rest of the season. There's reason to believe that Vick gives the team a better chance to win this season, and he could gain serious momentum in a plus matchup this week and perhaps next week against the Jaguars as well. Consider Vick a top-10 fantasy option this week, with the potential for QB1 value the rest of the way.
Although Steven Jackson (knee) was held out of Rams practice Wednesday, he's fully expected to play against the Raiders in Week 2. Jackson came out of the opener with inflammation in his knee, and the MRI came up negative. His absence was likely precautionary, so expect him to return to the practice field before the weekend.
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Two-Minute Drill: Coach Jim Schwartz confirmed that Shaun Hill will be the Lions' starter in a tough matchup against the Eagles this week. ... Although Byron Leftwich (knee) returned to a limited practice, Dennis Dixon has already been announced as the starter at Tennessee. ... Tom Brady acknowledged that he does not plan to challenge Darrelle Revis against Randy Moss in Sunday's matchup with the Jets. ... Owen Daniels is expected to be limited to roughly 40 snaps for a second straight week. ... Bucs coordinator Greg Olson indicated that Kareem Huggins is in line for a bigger role this week after going without a touch in the opener. ... Two media sources in Denver expect Laurence Maroney to ultimately replace Correll Buckhalter as Knowshon Moreno's backup. ... Coach Chan Gailey confirmed that Keith Ellison will start at inside linebacker until Paul Posluszny (knee) returns. ... The Rams had been in trade talks with the Pats for a running back before Laurence Maroney was dealt. ... After further film review, the NFL has credited Packers OLB Clay Matthews with three Week 1 sacks.
Red Zone: Matt Moore (concussion) is expected to start against the Bucs after practicing in a limited fashion Wednesday. ... Jake Delhomme (ankle) will be a game-time decision this week after missing practice. ... Beanie Wells (knee) was limited in his return to practice Wednesday. ... Cedric Benson (shoulder), Matt Forte (knee), and Fred Taylor (toe) were all limited on Wednesday. ... MIchael Bush was able to put in a full practice Wednesday, but his Week 2 status remains up in the air. ... Hakeem Nicks (ankle) is expected to return to the field Thursday after missing Wednesday's practice. ... Anquan Boldin (thigh), Percy Harvin (hip), and Devin Aromashodu (knee) were all limited Wednesday. ... Eddie Royal and Seahawks WR Mike Williams both missed Wednesday's practice with thigh injuries. ... Early Doucet's sports hernia may require surgery, which would push exciting rookie Stephen Williams into the No. 3 receiver role. ... Todd Heap (shoulder) conceded that his status for Week 2 is in doubt after sitting out practice on Wednesday. ... Kevin Boss (concussion) has been ruled out for Week 2. ... Bob Sanders underwent surgery to repair a torn biceps tendon, but the Colts are keeping him on the active roster for now. ... Eagles MLB Stewart Bradley failed the second phase of his concussion testing Wednesday morning. ... Browns ILB D'Qwell Jackson (pectoral) could return to practice by Friday. ... The Dolphins are reportedly giving thought to placing ILB Channing Crowder (groin) on I.R.