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March 13, 2012 @ 7:32 pm
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Buccaneers Land Free Agent Prize WR Jackson

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The Buccaneers have reeled in one of the top free agents in 2012 by agreeing to terms with WR Vincent Jackson on a five-year, $55.55 million contract with $26 million in guaranteed money, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.
Tampa Bay has made a huge splash in free agency, landing the top offensive weapon available in wide receiver Vincent Jackson. ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that the deal is a five-year, $55.55 million contract with $26 million in guaranteed money.

Jackson is a legitimate number one receiver as well as being a deep threat. He is coming off a season where he caught 60 passes for 1,106 yards (18.4 avg.) and tied a career high with nine touchdown catches. The 29-year old Jackson has a career 17.5 yards per catch average and would do wonders in stretching the defense and helping quarterback Josh Freeman develop.

The Bucs were lacking a true number one wide receiver, although Mike Williams has played that role for the past two seasons, totaling 1,735 yards and 14 touchdowns on 130 catches. But after a brilliant rookie season in which he hauled in a team-record 11 touchdowns, Williams' numbers slipped in 2011, as he only caught 65 passes for 771 yards and three scores.

Tampa Bay was also missing a deep threat in its arsenal as its receivers had failed to separate from defensive backs a year ago. Jackson, a 6-foot-5, 230-pound monster receiver, has deceptive speed and has posted 272 career catches for 4,754 yards and 37 touchdowns. He is an elite receiver and shows no signs of slowing down at age 29 after averaging 18.4 yards per catch while racking up his third career 1,000-yard season in 2011.

Despite missing 11 games in 2010, Jackson hauled in 36 receptions of 25 yards or more in the last four seasons, which ranked 10th in the NFL over that span.
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    THIS IS THE NUMBER OPNE BUC FAN IN EAST TEXAS WHO GREW UP WAITING FOR THE BUCS TO MAKE THE BIG SPLASH. AND BOY ALL THESE YEARS ALL I CAN SAY NOW AT 66 GOING ON 67. WOW. NOT ONLY SIGNING JACKSON BUT MORE NEW FACES ARE COMING ON BOARD IF I WAS WITHIN 500 MILES I WOULD BE THERE IN A HEARTBEAT GETTING SEASON TICKETS. BUT I'M 1200 MILES AND I WILL BE GLAD TO MAKE ONE OF THOSE GAMES IN 2012, BUT I WILL BE THEIR. GO BU8CS
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    Finally, our team is acting like they want to win. I agree with many of you. Trade down and get the extra picks. It's a great day! Go Bucs!
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    This is a good signing. Some have mentioned his past with the DUIs but I've also heard he is a good character guy, despite the mistakes he's made. I've aslo heard he was well liked by the Chargers GM and is a team player. I have no doubt the Bucs did their due diligence and came to the conclusion that V Jax is a big addition to the team.
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    I loved Vincent Jackson when he came out in the draft and hoped to get him in the 3rd round that year. He has since developed into a true #1 receiver who commands the respect of the defensive opponents. Of course some of you are acting like a spoiled kid at Christmas tossing aside Santa's (Glazers) first (Vincent) offering and quickly wanting to know what is to be unwrapped next (Nicks).
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    Nice to know that second present was under the tree (Nicks)!!
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    Great start!!! Still have along way to go. Need to get Nicks to sign. Tolbert would be a nice fit with a speedy back from draft, rb would be set. Carr would be a nice backup. Then get serious and address Defense. Lofton would really help stop the run . But our defensive back field is horrible . We need atleast 3 new starters back there, Claiborne (if we can get him) would help but still need another CB and a Safety from free agency atleast. As long as were making our Christmas list how about a vetern DL and a real FB. It will be nice to hear certain mid-morning sportstalk hosts eat some crow about the owners spending money. On another note, it's nice to see the owners spend some of that money again. of'couse they have to now. As it's put up or shut up time for them. The sad part is all you so called Bandwagoners who said they were cheap are now going to say they overpaid. You tend to forget IT ANIT YOUR WALLET ! So now as they get these players lets go support them. And lets enjoy watching the team grow together. Hey, they MIGHT actually be fun to watch again this year. GO BUCS!!!
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    It's official. V-Jax, K-Win and M-Will catching passes from J-Free when he isn't handing off to T-Rich. I like the way that sounds.
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    Trade first pick for mid first and second then draft dre kilpatrick, janoris jenkins, lamar miller, vontaze burflict not exactly in this order and then later rounds add a tommy streeter WR Miami, Tank Carder Mlb TCU, and a Right Tackle then free agency vince jackson WR carl nicks LG courtland finnerga CB laron landry FS
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    Glad to see this signing.
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    I have been at work and this is GREAT news, but, our Defense is still horrible !!! We also really need a Guard now too. Hope we can get Nicks now, but I would really like Grubbs too, if we want to save some $$ and he is still available. We need a MLB and possibly an OLB too. Would love Lofton or Hawthorne in the middle and Lawson to pair with Foster on the outside. Also need a safety and a CB. We have a lot of needs, but this is a fantastic start ! ! ! ! GO BUCS ! ! ! ! !
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    Good move. His age and DUI's worry me a bit but it's really only a two year deal in terms of guarantees. Our team just got better. Sentonp is correct that C. Nicks is the real prize of FA. Make it happen Bucs.
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    I say GREAT BUC FOR STARTS. i SEE THAT cARL nICKS, mIKE tOLBERT AND A cb IS ON tampa bay radar. iF THAT REALLY HAPPENS, aLL i WILL SAY is wow IF IT HAPPENS. now WOULD ALL YOU SO CALL FANS THAT SAYING THE bucs ARE CHEAP. wHAT DO tAMPA NEEDS TO DO NEXT. go bucs in 2012.FROM glh 64 hb plant grad
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    Fact: The Bucs have been cheap. They have been significantly under the salary cap for years. In 2010, the uncapped year, they could have padded their roster with free agents but didn't. In fact, they were under what would have been the salary floor. But there is no denying they have been cheap. By next year they have to spend 98% of the cap money. So while this signing is encouraging, it is not a complete forgiveness of their cheapness. I'm a huge Bucs fan, and a Plant grad also.
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    Awesome!! Good start with V. Jax! Hope he doesn't stop playing good since he finally got his high contract. Keep it going with Nicks and Lofton! Really need a corner, safety and RB thou! Maybe Eric Wright from Detroit or Aaron Ross from the Giants. Really wanted Brandon Carr but it looks like he will not leave Dallas. Safety wise I would love LaRon Landry or Reggie Nelson. Running back Micheal Bush or Mike Tolbert would be sweet! Still have money to spend and would be happy with just Jackson, Nicks and Lofton. Keep it up Glazers!!! After that we really need to draft CB M. Claiborne in the first, LaMichael James in the second and T Bobby Massie in the 3rd. round! GO BUCS!
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    savinlife4alivin13, Thanks for your service!!!!!
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    This is great but Nicks is the prize of this free agency. If we land him we have the best interior line in the league and will finally be able to run the ball with power. Draft Richardson and pair him with Blount and you might have one of the best running games in the league.
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    Agree.
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    This is the best news that I got when I got home from work. I hope we also get Carl nicks at LG from N.O. & Curtis Lofton MLB from the Atlanta too . GO BUCCS 2012!!!!!! FIRE THEM CANNONS!!!!!!!
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    Get ready to "Fire the Cannons!"
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    grab Meachem for insurance... Hope nicks comes our way~ And since VJ is here,does that mean Finnergan is soon to follow ;)....lets keep this ball rolling..
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    I'm glad that Free has a #1 WR, and having him on the field should make Winslow and the other WRs better. I also like that there was no signing bonus, meaning that if he doesn't live-up the contract he can be cut in 2014 with zero repercussions. Of course as we negotiate the FA frenzy, we need only look to the Eagles to remember that Superbowls can't be bought... I hope that our new coaching staff are up to the challenge of taking these pieces and turning them into cohesive units.
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    The Glazers just doled out more money in free agent signing bonuses than they did the entire Gruden/Allen era. You guys heard us. THANK YOU!
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    Let's not spend all the "ata boys" just yet. This is good but the Bucs are still way below the average on player spending vs the rest of the league. When they hit that average $ amount, i will gladly tip my hat and say well done. This is a very good day, though.
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    True, Bcrowell. But at least they're trying again and not just giving us the middle finger. Hopefully we didn't underdo it on the coaching side, like the Vikings did for the Favre run.
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    The 'cheap Glazers' mantra is going to die this year...
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    Good start.
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    Booooooooooooom!!!!!!!!!!!!
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