One way or the other, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have apparently decided that enough is enough with speedy, but also known locker room problem, WR DeSean Jackson. And numerous reports late Sunday night said that the Bucs will try to get at least a draft pick for him or will out right release him shortly before free agency begins later this week.
— JennaLaineESPN (@JennaLaineESPN) March 11, 2019
Laine and McManus are one of several to report that Jackson would like to go back to the Eagles, who drafted him in the second round in 2008. Jackson previously expressed in February that he also might want to try to hook on with the NFC Champion L.A. Rams.
However, it’s unlikely that either of those teams will give very much, if anything, to Tampa Bay, especially if they know that Bucs GM Jason Licht (who signed Jackson to a 3-year deal in 2017) and new coach Bruce Arians are ready to cut him.
Jackson confirmed that he will be gone one way or the other with this Twitter/Instagram post mid-day Monday:
— Desean Jackson (@DeSeanJackson11) March 11, 2019
We have written repeatedly since the end of last season, that Jackson has followed the same path that got him traded from the Eagles and allowed to leave in free agency by the Redskins, by being a disgruntled “diva-like” player. And, the same held true both of his years with the Bucs.
While he enjoyed some success on deep throws from QBs Jameis Winston and backup Ryan Fitzpatrick, he was constantly unhappy and complaining over the two years.
We also wrote two weeks ago about Arians and Licht saying publicly at the NFL Combine that they had met with and were interested in keeping Jackson. However, that was likely just to keep their options open with what to do with him.
“I look forward to working with him. I have a ton of respect for him as a player, and as a person,” Arians said at the time.
Jackson had 41 catches with an 18.9 yard average in 2018, but only four TDs. And, his numbers declined the second half of the year with Winston returning, as the starter.
The reality is: Jackson’s final year of his deal has no guaranteed money in it and a price tag of $10 million. And, that has had many wondering, if the Bucs weren’t going to just delete him.
Tampa Bay has serious salary cap issues after re-signing veteran offensive linemen Donovan Smith and Demar Dotson last week. They are currently dead last in salary cap space available and need to free up money to be able to spend starting Wednesday.
Finally, Licht also spoke to the media on in Indianapolis and used the phrase “time will tell” on Jackson come back to the team. Not exactly, a commitment.
And now, it looks like his time has come to an end in Tampa Bay.
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