One of the questions that has remained largely unanswered through the offseason is whether former Buccaneers wide receiver Vincent Jackson intends to retire or keep on playing.
Well, it seems we finally have an answer, and it comes from the best source possible, Jackson himself.
The folks at 620 WDAE radio in Tampa tracked Jackson down last week and the three-time Pro Bowler told the “Pat and Aaron Show” that he would like to keep playing if the right situation presents itself.
It seems rather obvious, though, that the right situation would be in Tampa as Jackson made it clear that Tampa is now home for him and his family and that he believes he could still do the Bucs some good.
With two dynamic outside receivers in Mike Evans and DeSean Jackson, Vincent Jackson said he believes his ability to work all over the field is something Bucs coach Dirk Koetter could make great use of.
“I pride myself on being a receiver that not only can stretch the field on the outside one-on-one, but can run those intermediate routes, those third-down routes that can keep drives alive,’’ Jackson said.
“Dirk’s a very, very smart guy. I’m sure that he would put plenty of work in to put everybody in the best position to be successful. So, you know, there’s a lot of different things I could bring to the table.’’
Couldn’t agree more. Based on what we saw before he went down with a second-straight season-ending knee injury last year, Jackson has lost a bit of speed and some separation ability.
But he could still be a very solid, if not exceptional, possession-type receiver who could work inside behind Adam Humphries in the slot or just provide the Bucs with depth on the outside.
It’s very likely the Bucs will look to add a receiver who can do those things in the draft but they know what they’ve got in Jackson and his asking price is probably not real high.
Unless the Bucs have just flat out decided Jackson can’t play anymore, it would seem to make sense to bring him back for another year and see what he can provide.