According to a report on ESPN.com by Jenna Laine and Tim McManus, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are attempting to trade wide receiver DeSean Jackson, possibly to Philadelphia, which is the team that drafted Jackson in 2008 where he spent the first six seasons of his NFL career before moving on to Washington.

ESPN.com reports that the Eagles would be Jackson’s preferred destination, and Philadelphia desires a depth threat at wide receiver after losing Mike Wallace to a broken leg last year.

Teams had inquired about trading for Jackson, one of the league’s all-time best deep threat receivers last year prior to the trade deadline in October, but general manager Jason Licht did not pull the trigger because the Bucs were trying to make a playoff run after a 2-0 start the season. With the Bucs having less than $3.5 million in salary cap room, the team desperately needs to carve out cap space and could do so by releasing or trading Jackson, whose $10 million salary is not guaranteed.

Bruce Arians
Bruce Arians – Photo by: Scott Reynolds/PR

Licht and head coach Bruce Arians told PewterReport.com and other Tampa Bay media outlets at the NFL Scouting Combine that the Bucs would like to keep Jackson and that they had productive talks aimed at having Jackson be a part of Arians’ new offense, but stopped short of definitively saying that Jackson would remain in red and pewter.

“I don’t think you can talk anybody into it, they got to want to be here,” Arians said about Jackson, who told ESPN’s Josina Anderson in December that he wanted out of Tampa Bay at the end of the 2018 season. “And after that meeting, I thought it was extremely positive, I can’t speak for DeSean but for me, it was extremely positive, and we were looking for the future.

“Yeah, I mean that’s basically how the conversation ended. Obviously financial things, I know those things that all come at this type of the year, but as far as him having a role, me knowing what to do with him and respecting his abilities, I thought that was very positive.”

Bucs WR DeSean Jackson - Photo by: Mary Holt/PR
Bucs WR DeSean Jackson – Photo by: Mary Holt/PR

Despite the positive rhetoric from Licht and Arians, PewterReport.com’s Scott Reynolds didn’t believe the Bucs’ brass and suggested that Tampa Bay would likely part ways with Jackson, possibly via a trade in Pewter Nation Podcast Episode 110: SR Calls B.S. In Indy.

The Steelers agreed to trade 30-year old Pro Bowl wide receiver Antonio Brown to Oakland in exchange for third- and fifth-round picks. That may have set the market for the 31-year old Jackson.

UPDATE – March 11, 8:20 a.m.: NFL.com’s Mike Garafolo reports that the Redskins also have an interest in reuniting with Jackson if he were to be released and hit free agency. PewterReport.com can confirm Washington’s interest in Jackson, although the Redskins would prefer to not have to trade for him.

Yet with the Eagles in the mix to potentially acquire him via a trade, the Redskins may have to jump into the trade conversation in order to keep Jackson away from an NFC East division rival. Having two potential suitors involved in the bidding, especially within the same division would drive the asking price up, which would be of great benefit to the Bucs.

Garafolo also reports that Jackson staying in Tampa Bay is not out of the question and PewterReport.com can confirm that. There is a scenario where Jackson stays with the Bucs and plays in Arians’ offense.

UPDATE – March 11, 12:50 p.m.: The Buccaneers are having difficulty trading Jackson due to his $10 million base salary. Teams are expecting Tampa Bay to part ways with Jackson due to their tight salary cap situation and may be waiting out the Bucs in this regard. As a result, a trade may not happen – at least this week.

Jackson tweeted out his goodbye to Tampa Bay on Twitter, but no official word yet on if he’s been released by the Buccaneers.

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Scott Reynolds is in his 23rd year of covering the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as the vice president, publisher and senior Bucs beat writer for PewterReport.com. Author of the popular SR's Fab 5 column on Fridays, Reynolds oversees web development and forges marketing partnerships for PewterReport.com in addition to his editorial duties. A graduate of Kansas State University in 1995, Reynolds enjoys giving back to the community as the defensive line coach for his sons' Pop Warner team, the South Pasco Predators. Reynolds can be reached at: [email protected]

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  1. If we can get a 4th, or even a 5th rounder jump on it.

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  2. Teams will wait until he gets cut. Licht is a stooge and he will get burned once again

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  3. Thank God for rivalry!!!
    Go Bucs!!!

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  4. Need two or three teams interested in order to get a trade – 6th or 7th rounder or trade 7th for a 6th or teams will just wait for him to be cut. West coast teams Raiders, Rams, 49ers all have cash. He is from Cali and would love to go home. Drum up the interest. Make the Eagles and Redskins put a little skin in the game. This fire sale should have started a week ago. Go Bucs!

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  5. Pittsburgh just lost a deep threat and they play in the AFC. Also, they are not good negotiators.

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  6. Forget the Steelers, they are jettisoning all of theirs divas.
    If we can get a water cooler for this guy, pull the trigger.
    He has done more harm to this team than to help it.
    Both QB’s have tried to force the ball to him in order to make him happy only to see him give a half ass effort if he is covered.
    Last year he quit on the team with an imaginary thumb injury while Brate gutted it out with a hip injury that required surgery.
    This guy is poison if he doesn’t get his own way.

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    • You can go back through the blogs and I have NEVER been a fan of Desean Jackson, person or player. I never liked his signing and was critical of it from the moment it was just a rumor, but it wasn’t up to me. So many people on these boards were hopeful about the move and the player. Not me. He’s always been a problem. What’s interesting to me is the teams that want him are his two previous teams.

      I’m also tired of the Bucs facing him. He seems to have his best games against the Bucs. I hope the Bucs trade him to the AFC. Texans, Chargers, Jets, Steelers, Bills, Jags, Broncos, Titans, or the Bengals. They all need a WR.

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  7. When the report came out that Arians wanted to talk to DJax about potentially keeping him, I was the first to call it out as a “smoke screen” to drive trade value. There is zero percent chance this dude is a Buc next season. Now that two teams in the same division want him, I think we could actually get a 4th or 5th round pick for him. The whole “keeping him” angle is a false narrative. We want a team to give us a draft pick for DJax instead of scooping him in FA.

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  8. I think DJAX is gone if you just read DJAX twtter the last few minutes. Who knows?

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  9. Just cut him and move on. 10 mil gets us a veteran guard or in play for a safety. He doesn’t want to be here so let him go. It doesn’t cost us anything to cut him.

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    • Yeah with that money you can upgrade RG and safety while still having money left over for a cheaper deep threat.

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    • 10 mil gets us nothing. We need 8 mil to sign our rookies from the draft next month and we still need a kicker and RB.

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      • They can still cut Anger, Allen and Unrein for the rookie pool. Bucs have flexibility but are choosing to be patient.

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  10. Just cut him. They have to free up that 10 mill.

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  11. bye bye

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  12. No surprise here. All the other teams know we’re dumping him. Kind of embarrassing for Arians I’d imagine.

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  13. Hold both Redskins and Philly dealing to get him back until one offers a 3rd round pick then bye bye Jackson!

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    • We would be lucky to get a 6th for him.

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      • If take a 7th for him too, anything is better than letting him walk free without any compensation…should have gotten rid of him last season.

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  14. Another one that’s no surprise. He’s an asshole that cry’s too much. His speed isn’t worth the drama, lack of routes, not ever fighting if ball isn’t perfectly on him. They should tried to deal him last year when teams might needed a WR in playoff contention. We weren’t going anywhere anyways. lol.

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  15. Take a 7th in 2022 to dump this guy….

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