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DeSean Jackson hasn’t heard from Bucs, yet

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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.

According to NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport last Sunday, Arians, who just took over the Bucs last week, had been asking for contact info for several players, including Jackson.

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:

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.

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