The Bears wont be the only team taking more than a casual interest in available wide receivers when free agency opens in a matter of weeks. Vincent Jackson is on a number of wish lists and it is looking more and more like the San Diego star will hit the market.
The question then becomes how much that market will be.
Kevin Acee, who covers the Chargers for the San Diego Union-Tribune, posits that Jackson being hit with another franchise tag (this time at 13.8 million or so) but says the Chargers want to address multiple positions rather than tie up that kind of capital in one player. Best guess is that Jackson will command 10 million per season and 20 million or so guaranteed a level the Bears were unwilling to reach with Matt Forte.
The Bears are all too familiar with Jackson. He caught 7 passes for 165 yards and a touchdown against the Lovie SmithRod Marinelli defense including big-gainers of 47, 39 and 32 yards.
To put that in perspective: As for pass receptions of 32 yards or longer, Devin Hester and Johnny Knox had three and Earl Bennett two -- for the season.