SAN DIEGO, Calif. -- San Diego Chargers wide receiver Vincent Jackson is reportedly eligible to play in Week 5 if he is traded to another team.
The San Diego Tribune and NFL.com each reported that the league and the players' union reached a settlement Thursday afternoon.
Jackson is already serving a three-game suspension for violating the league's substance abuse policy and is on the team's roster exempt list because he has been unable to reach contract terms as an unrestricted free agent. A player on the roster exempt list cannot play until the fourth game after the date he signs.
If a trade cannot be completed by next Wednesday, according to the settlement reached Thursday, Jackson will still have to sit out the first three games for the substance-abuse policy violation and will be unable to play until the day following the third game after he actually reports.
Should a trade be completed, according to the settlement, Jackson would be placed on the exempt list for three games, retroactive to the second game of the season, leaving him eligible to play for his new club's fifth game.
Jackson has been threatening to sit out the first half of the season because he wants a long-term deal and refused to sign the one-year tender offered by the club in August.
He started all 15 games he played in last season, catching 68 passes for 1,167 yards and nine touchdowns to establish career-highs in each category.
During his five seasons in the league, all with San Diego, Jackson has made 198 grabs for 3,400 yards and 25 scores.