SAN DIEGO, CA - DECEMBER 11: Wide Receiver Vincent Jackson #83 of the San Diego Chargers celebrates a catch against the Buffalo Bills during their NFL Game on December 11, 2011 at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, California. (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)
Even after re-signing Stevie Johnson to a five-year, $36.25 million contract on Monday, the Buffalo Bills are reportedly interested in impending free agent wide receiver Vincent Jackson, per The San Diego Union-Tribune.
Jackson, as most of you are aware, has a direct tie to Bills GM Buddy Nix; Nix was the Chargers' Assistant GM when Jackson was made a second-round pick in 2005. Since then, Jackson has blossomed into one of the better wide receivers in the league, including a Pro Bowl appearance in 2009. For his career, he has 272 receptions, 4,754 yards and 37 touchdowns.
The report, however, also claims that Jackson would like to return to San Diego, and would be willing to accept slightly less than what he's offered on the open market to do so. The Chargers, it's believed, are set to offer him nearly $11 million in annual compensation - a figure that Jackson could eclipse on the open market. Jackson, who turned 29 in January, is more than three years Johnson's senior, and has never had more than 68 receptions or nine scores in a season. Johnson has surpassed the first figure in each of the past two seasons, and had 10 touchdowns in 2010.
Our question for you, Bills fans: is signing a 29-year-old player that, at his peak, has put up similar production to Johnson worth an additional $4-5 million in annual compensation over the deal Johnson signed yesterday?