With all signs pointing to the Bucs ridding themselves of speedy, but often times, headache wide receiver DeSean Jackson after two seasons, Jackson confirmed Thursday that he hasn’t heard from the team or new coach Bruce Arians.
Well, upon arriving in Los Angeles after a flight on Thursday morning, the gossip site TMZ caught up with the veteran wide receiver and he confirmed them that “mum is the word” from Tampa Bay:
DeSean Jackson Hasn't Spoken With Bruce Arians, Unsure Of Bucs Future https://t.co/L8rT1wOBy1
— TMZ (@TMZ) January 18, 2019
Jackson, an 11 year veteran, repeated a couple of times “that’s what I got (sic) an agent for” in response to questions about whether he would be back in Tampa Bay and whether he would want to play for another team?
It’s been a tumultuous two seasons for the wideout, who had previously played for the Eagles and the Redskins, but signed a lucrative three-year free agent deal with the Bucs in March of 2017.
He is never really been on the same page with quarterback Jameis Winston, who Jackson has repeatedly hinted at and even outright complained wasn’t able to hit him consistently with long throws. Jackson did click initially last season, with veteran backup Ryan Fitzpatrick in the Bucs first two games catching long touchdown passes in both wins over the Saints and the Eagles to start the year.
However, Winston returned from NFL suspension to the lineup in Week 5 and the Bucs big plays to Jackson dwindled. He finished with just 41 catches for 774 yards and 4 TDs on the year.
We wrote at the end of the season in December that it appeared the Bucs had already or are ready now, to move on from Jackson. He is owed $10 million non-guaranteed in salary for the 2019 season.
While the easiest thing would be for the Bucs to simply release Jackson, they may be trying to hang on to him as an asset and see if they can trade him to another willing team.
Like the TMZ Paparazzi interviewer mentioned, the Steelers may be looking to add another wide receiver. But, then again, they already been dealing with an Antonio Brown’s off-the-field antics and may not welcome more headaches by bringing Jackson in.
While there’s no question that Jackson brings a speed element that helped open up Tampa Bay’s offense, which led the NFL with over 5,000 total yards this season, the Bucs have other talented receivers like Mike Evans, Chris Godwin and Adam Humphries.
And, perhaps Arians and new offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich will take a look at the whole situation, the big picture for the future and decide it’s best to rid themselves of Jackson once and for all.
One way or another.
Bucs coach Arians again non-committal Tuesday on QB Winston
It’s become increasingly apparent, that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are ready to move on from potential free agent quarterback Jameis Winston. And Tuesday at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis, coach Bruce Arians gave the latest example that he and the Buccaneers front office will look at the other options available first.
Arians spoke at a podium on numerous subjects, but the most prominent is what Tampa Bay will do in the coming days with Winston?
— Charlie Clifford (@cliffWISH8) February 25, 2020
Arians was asked directly about potential for a franchise tag for his starter a year ago and what the Bucs might proceed to do? But, he refused to endorse that option on the former number one overall pick Winston. And, the Bucs coach maintained that the team will possibly us the franchise tag for defensive end Shaq Barrett.
Further, Arians gave a pointed specific answer on Winston’s poor play last December as the team finished 7-9 and that has the team looking at other options,
Arians on Winston and why it’s still uncertain: “December wasn’t what I wanted to see.”
— Greg Auman (@gregauman) February 25, 2020
Arians has consistently refused back Winston since the off-season began. This included at an NFL coaching seminar earlier this month in Tampa. He said to the media at that time:
“Really nothing has changed,” Arians said. “What’s Door No. 2? You know? Can we make the one we have better? All those things you go through right now.”
“You’re just sitting there waiting to see is there someone available? … Is he a better option?
The Buccaneers faltered in the middle of the season to drop to 3-7 and then, Winston and Co. blew its final two games to finish 7 – 9 with Winston throwing a career-high 30 interceptions.
After their final loss at home to Atlanta in overtime, where Winston threw the game losing “pick six,” Arians was candid after the final game by saying about Winston’s play that it would have to be evaluated pass by pass and game by game in the off-season. Further, he told the media then, that there “was some great and some terrible…. and you have to decide, if the great outweighs the terrible.”
While Winston did throw for a career-high 5000 + yards in 2019, his interceptions and total turnovers continued to be his downfall throughout the season. The Buccaneers finished 1 – 6 in games against teams with winning records and Winston had 17 total turnovers in those seven games. He finished with the 30 picks that included 10 of them in the Bucs final four games.
Tampa Bay obviously will have the opportunity to go after a free agent quarterback or two, as there is much speculation about the likes of Tom Brady with the Patriots. Plus, Philip Rivers will not be re-signed by the Chargers and is available come March. And, now that Drew Brees has announced he wants to play at least one more year for the Saints, their backup Teddy Bridgewater will be in demand on the market.
The Bucs are also continuing the evaluating the QB class for the Draft the next few days in Indy, which could have some interesting names still available in the second and third rounds and beyond.
Bucs confirmed Monday they will have new uniforms in 2020
On Monday, the Bucs confirmed what they have been hinting at, they will have new uniforms in 2020. But the real question is: what does “new” mean in this instance?
We heard you!
New uniforms coming April 2020. pic.twitter.com/e7qNUsNWZb
— Tampa Bay Buccaneers (@Buccaneers) February 24, 2020
The Bucs also released a statement through their website confirming that April will be the unveiling of the new uniforms, as well as, potential new color scheme, logo, etc. and had these comments from co – owner, Ed Glazer:
“We have heard the feedback from our fans loud and clear and have been working with the NFL and our league partners at Nike to usher in a new look as we enter this next decade of Buccaneers football. We look forward to revealing more details in the near future about our official unveiling event which will take place later this spring.”
As we wrote earlier this month, the Buccaneers have been hinting at trying to enhance their uniforms and there is some belief there will be more orange, the original color of the franchise. There is also educated speculation that the team may go back to a white helmet, which will enable them to have “throwback uniform games” that they’ve not been able to have for the last seven seasons.
This is because under league concussion protocol, players must have the same helmet all season and the Bucs primary one has been pewter in color since their chance in colors and logo in 1997,
The Bucs last altered their uniforms in 2014 by brightening the color red and slightly changing the logo and making it bigger on their pewter helmet. Teammates Ryan Jensen and Mike Evans are shown in the current color scheme, etc. above.
NFL teams have to submit changes in their colors and logos a year in advance. So obviously, this has been in the works for the Glazer family that owns the team for some time.
It should be noted that the Buccaneers NFC South Rivals, the Atlanta Falcons, have already made mention that they are changing their uniforms and color scheme. And, it’s believed that they will go back in 2020 to their original base color of red including possibly red helmets and potentially, primarily gray pants that they wore for over twenty years.
The Falcons have had black helmets for the better part of 30 years going back to Jerry Glanville changing the color scheme to primarily black jerseys in his days at the Falcons coach in the early 1990s.
Back to the Bucs. There is no other team in the NFL that has orange as their primary jersey color. The Bengals Broncos and Browns have occasionally worn orange “alternate jerseys” but not full time.
So, if the Glazers are again embracing a change to mostly orange jerseys, it will be unique. The video Monday showed a red jersey on a sewing machine, which could be a clue or could be misdirection of what the team actually intends to unveil in April.