2012 NFL Free Agents: St. Louis Rams Expected To Pursue WR Vincent Jackson

This ought to be music to Sam Bradford's ears. According to Jason LaCanfora of the NFL Network, the St. Louis Rams are expected to be in the bidding for San Diego Chargers wide receiver Vincent Jackson.

Naturally, the Rams will not be the only team involved in the bidding, assuming the Chargers let him slip away in free agency. LaCanfora also suggests the San Francisco 49ers as a possibility. The Bills have been mentioned in the past as a possible suitor.

Jackson played with the Chargers last year under the franchise tag. San Diego could slap him with the tag again, but the Chargers have said that they will not. Jackson's current team did indicate that they would be willing to sign him to a long-term deal.

This isn't the first time that Jackson, 29, and the Rams have danced. In 2010, the Rams reportedly had agreed to a contract with Jackson. Chargers GM A.J. Smith wanted too a high of a price in a trade, said to be two second-round picks.

Jackson caught 60 passes for 1,106 yards and nine touchdowns last season. Obviously, Jackson would be a major upgrade to the Rams offense. There is the little matter of his legal troubles, but Fisher has, in the past, been willing to take a chance of risky players.

If the Rams are willing to consider Jackson, they could be willing to kick the tires on other free agent wide receivers. Doing so would dramatically change their plans in the first-round of the 2012 NFL Draft.

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