The Buccaneers front office had a plan this offseason, and while it is far from over, the first step was taken on Thursday when the team agreed to terms with free agent wide receiver DeSean Jackson which is expected to be signed later today.

Jackson was a Bucs target early on, and quarterback Jameis Winston was quoted in January saying he wanted Jackson to be a Buccaneer. 

The former Eagles and Redskins standout will add a dimension that has been missing from the Bucs offense since the days of Joey Galloway, and that is speed. Here his career stats that back that up.

Jackson’s Stats In Washington
2016 – 56 catches for 1,005 yards (17.9 avg.) with 4 TDs and a long of 80 yards
2015 – 30 catches for 528 yards (17.6 avg.) with 4 TDs and a long of 77 yards
2014 – 56 catches for 1,169 yards (20.9 avg.) with 6 TDs and a long of 81 yards

Jackson’s Stats In Philadelphia
2013 – 82 catches for 1,332 yards (16.2 avg.) with 9 TDs and a long of 61 yards
2012 – 45 catches for 700 yards (15.6 avg.) with 2 TDs and a long of 77 yards
2011 – 58 catches for 961 yards (16.6 avg.) with 4 TDs and a long of 62 yards
2010 – 47 catches for 1,056 yards (22.5 avg.) with 6 TDs and a long of 91 yards
2009 – 62 catches for 1,156 yards (18.6 avg.) with 9 TDs and a long of 71 yards
2008 – 62 catches for 912 yards (14.7 avg.) with 2 TDs and a long of 60 yards

When it comes to the Bucs’ offense, this move was all about being more dynamic. Jackson has never averaged less than 14 yards per catch in his entire NFL career, and he recorded three of his higher career averages in over the last three seasons – this isn’t a wash-up signing. Jackson playing over the top in a fashion that commands constant attention from both safeties means that Mike Evans will finally have some room to breathe along the sidelines and on intermediate routes. The Bucs can also use Jackson like the Panthers use Ted Ginn with crossing routes and screens – something Tampa Bay fans are all too familiar with after watching him gash the Bucs defense on two big plays of that nature in Week 17 of 2016.

According to Jenna Laine of ESPN, DeSean Jackson leads the NFL in 50-yard touchdown receptions with 21 since entering the league in 2008. Since the Bucs were the only team in the NFL without a 50-yard pass play last season, bringing Jackson on certainly adds an element they’ve rarely ever had.

The details of Jackson’s contract will be posted here when known. 

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About the Author: Mark Cook

Mark Cook currently is the director of editorial content and Bucs beat writer and has written for PewterReport.com since 2011. Cook has followed the Buccaneers since 1977 when he first began watching football with his Dad and is fond of the 1979 Bucs team that came within 10 points of going to a Super Bowl. His favorite Bucs game is still the 1979 divisional playoff win 24-17 over the Eagles. In his spare time Cook enjoys playing guitar, fishing, the beach and family time.Cook is a native of Pinecrest in Eastern Hillsborough County and has written for numerous publications including the Tampa Tribune, In the Field and Ya'll Magazine. Cook can be reached at [email protected]
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yuccaneers
yuccaneers
5 years ago

I think a bit premature….I take that to read Jackson’s agents and Licht are still working to iron out the financial terms….

wnb0395
wnb0395
Reply to  yuccaneers
5 years ago

You cant officially sign until later today. They have already come to an agreement.

fredster
fredster
5 years ago

Wow this happened fast. He could really add a lot and back defenses off with his speed. If he stays healthy and his attitude is good this could be huge improvement for this offense. They want to win now and aren’t afraid to spend that’s for sure. Go Bucs!

Naplesfan
Naplesfan
5 years ago

Cool!

Jackson will give us something we haven’t had since Joey Galloway … a burner who can take the top off a defense. Combined with Mike Evans, Cam Brate, and perhaps another each of WR and TE in the draft, Jameis Winston will finally have all the weapons he needs in the air. If Martin and Sims are back healthy again, the backfield will do its part in the air too.

HoneyBadgerW4
HoneyBadgerW4
Reply to  Naplesfan
5 years ago

Adding Howard, Njoku, or Cook would just make this offense something to really fear for other teams. I do wonder how the addition of Jackson will affect Licht’s approach to the draft.

chetthevette
chetthevette
Reply to  HoneyBadgerW4
5 years ago

HB totally agree, in that order exactly.
GO BUCS

macabee
macabee
Reply to  HoneyBadgerW4
5 years ago

Bucs have already started the process to look up close at TE OJ Howard in Tampa.

Chase Goodbread ✔ @ChaseGoodbread
Alabama TE O.J. Howard has visits set up with the Tennessee #Titans and Tampa Bay #Buccaneers.
2:22 PM – 8 Mar 2017 · Tuscaloosa, AL

wnb0395
wnb0395
Reply to  macabee
5 years ago

Sucks that the Titans are interested in him also considering they have the pick before us.

Naplesfan
Naplesfan
Reply to  wnb0395
5 years ago

Titans like the Bucs need WR support too. The gist of many of this weeks mocks have the Bucs selecting any of Corey Davis, John Ross, OJ Howard, and even Dalvin Cook, who seems to have slipped a little from the pre-Combine mocks.

So the Titans could take any of those guys, and we would still have some pretty rich pickings.

cgmaster27
cgmaster27
Reply to  wnb0395
5 years ago

I was thinking the same thing. The titans snaked us last year by grabbing conklin right in front of us. They might do it again this year. They don’t need a rb fortunately.

wnb0395
wnb0395
Reply to  wnb0395
5 years ago

Naples, I would be happy with any one of those players but dont think we need Ross now. With his 4.22 40, I think he be drafted before Corey Davis. I also believe Cook will be gone but it would be a dream come true if he fell to us. I think it will come down to Davis and Howard and i am good with either one.

MudManVA
MudManVA
5 years ago

When Scott lays out “what about this player” in his fab 5 that isn’t on BUC fans minds and continues to pimp…that should be a clue to us reads he is pre-selling or a fortune teller!!

Great sign and something the BUCS needed to win now. I hope they draft 2 more WR for the future.

Naplesfan
Naplesfan
Reply to  MudManVA
5 years ago

Or, draft another WR and a TE next month. The crop of players at both positions is very strong this year.

chetthevette
chetthevette
5 years ago

THE NEW WHITE TIGER? Hopefully he can be as effective as Joey Galloway.
GREAT signing.
GO BUCS

surferdudes
5 years ago

I have my reservations about this signing. No doubt about his talent, but I worry that he was traded to a division rival, and now the Skins are letting him walk. We compare him to Galloway, but remember Galloway’s nick name? White tiger, because it was rare to see him at practice, or in games. We beat Philly in the NFC championship game largely in part on the slow footed Joe Juravicous’s amazing catch, and run. I don’t remember us winning an championships with Galloway’s play on the field. All that said, it’ll be exciting to see how his presence… Read more »

e
e
Reply to  surferdudes
5 years ago

I agree with Surfer about this signing. I would be surprised if the Bucs get the sustained production from DJax that he has shown over the next two or three years. I still think that the Bucs need to add another #3 receiver that will push for the #2 spot.

HoneyBadgerW4
HoneyBadgerW4
Reply to  surferdudes
5 years ago

I’m much prefer we land Cook to McCaffrey, but I’d prefer Howard to either of them, and even Njoku over McCaffrey, but you’re right in saying this diminishes any need to go for a WR in round one. I mean, if Williams is still there, go for it, but he won’t be (at least barring any major future news, like him running a 4.6 40 or something).

chetthevette
chetthevette
Reply to  HoneyBadgerW4
5 years ago

If Williams or Davis are there at 19 you have to take them.
GO BUCS

Naplesfan
Naplesfan
Reply to  HoneyBadgerW4
5 years ago

I think quite a few other commenters here at PR don’t necessarily agree that taking DJax in FA lessens either the need or desire for a quality WR in the early rounds of the draft … any more than the signing of Brent Grimes caused the Bucs to not take a CB in the first round last year. The obvious notion is that you sign a veteran FA at a position of need to fulfill the immediate need, and then the veteran can be very helpful in mentoring the quality rookie at the same position for the first couple of… Read more »

tpeluso
tpeluso
Reply to  surferdudes
5 years ago

I’m not sure Washington letting DeSean go is a reflection on DeSean. Their #2 WR (Garcon) is gone to San Francisco and with Kirk Cousins likely to force his way into following him there, the Redskins are likely prepping for a large-scale rebuild on offense, especially since big free agents are likely to steer clear until the QB situation is resolved. It’s probably better to go with a youth movement than pay DeSean to unhappily slog for them, given the depth at WR in this draft.

jmeeks
jmeeks
Reply to  surferdudes
5 years ago

Surferdude,Jackson wasn’t traded to redskins,he went their as a free agent I do believe bro.

chetthevette
chetthevette
5 years ago

It’s time to fantasize about Tampa’s offense. Been a BUCS fan from the start and I can’t think of a time when the offense seemed as promising. Evans and Jackson on the ends, Humphries in the slot Brate and O.J. ( fantasy part ) as TE’s. That my dear BUCS fans is a potent receiving corps. And it would not bother me to take Dalvin Cook at 19 and a TE end later. Jake Butts in third ( fantasy part )? Trade up after we pick at 19 for Jabril Peppers ( fantasy part )? Things are pointing skyward, GO… Read more »

Matthew
Matthew
Reply to  chetthevette
5 years ago

I think McCaffery would be a better pick than Dalvin Cook tbh

scubog
scubog
Reply to  Matthew
5 years ago

As much as I like Dalvin Cook and being a “homer” (right JonnyG?), seeing the unique skill set McCafrey has intrigues me. I just think he can be used in a multitude of ways.

stlbucsfan
stlbucsfan
5 years ago

Great pickup! Cook might fall to us with his bad showing at the combine then we could take Evan Engram the undersized but speedy TE from Ole Miss. If that happens watch out NFL we will be back. Hope we can still add Poe, Baker or Fairley at DT, resign McDougald and let Hawley walk.

cgmaster27
cgmaster27
Reply to  stlbucsfan
5 years ago

Stl for me that would be a dream scenario. I love that Engram from ole miss. He is so damn fast for his size. Not a super blocker yet, but a match up nightmare.

David DeLeon
David DeLeon
5 years ago

Happy to hear the news! Welcome to Tampa DeSean, going to be fun to watch this year. Can’t wait till the draft. Hey Poe hasn’t signed anywhere yet 🙄

Destino102
Destino102
5 years ago

Hopefully he will adopt the # 83, then anyone with a VJax jersey will be ahead of the curb on the new signing.

jongruden
jongruden
5 years ago

I don’t like Desean as a person always thought he was a cocky punk, as a player he is a burner he will leave you in his dust and will be a huge addition to this team no doubt about it

magoobee
magoobee
5 years ago

I’m afraid we will over pay for Jackson. I would have rather have had Kenny Brit at probably a 1/3 of the Jackson price tag.

wnb0395
wnb0395
Reply to  magoobee
5 years ago

I’m thinking somewhere around 9-10 mil a year.

wnb0395
wnb0395
Reply to  magoobee
5 years ago

Britt just signed for 8 mil a season so unless we are paying Jackson 24 mil a season, there is no way we payed 3 times more for Jackson.

Naplesfan
Naplesfan
Reply to  wnb0395
5 years ago

Brit averaged 631 yards a season over the last four seasons, including one season near zero (96 yards) … while DJax has averaged 1,007 yards per season over the last four seasons, incl. 1,005 yards last season, and led the entire league in YPA and in most passes received over 20 yards. He can also return punts, with four career punt return TDs.

Britt is way overpaid at $8M … reporting now is that DJax’s deal is around $10 million and change a year. Seems very reasonable for his production, both recent, and long term.

wnb0395
wnb0395
5 years ago

Now we will get to finally see how accurate Winston really is. With Evans, Winston can be off and Evans will still make the catch like he did many times last year but with a speedster like Jackson, Winston will have to be accurate to connect deep. Time for Winston to step up his game.

thewbacca
thewbacca
Reply to  wnb0395
5 years ago

Jackson is an athletic playmaker. Just because he is fast doesn’t mean a qb has to be that carve-it-up precise qb in order to get him the ball. Sure, Jackson doesn’t have the type of catch radius Evans has, but he is a playmaker who can adjust to the ball much like a centerfielder in baseball.

thewbacca
thewbacca
5 years ago

My boss was trying to throw shade on this, saying Tampa wasted money because Winston can’t throw deep. Can’t wait for fall to remind him of this!!!

Dude
Dude
5 years ago

I am one who was weary of signing Jackson, but if the Bucs feel that he is worth what they are willing to pay him, then I’m in. I trust Licht, coach K, and their player evaluations. These guys have earned our trust, and besides, I’m sure they know more about the players they sign than any of us who set at home and read about it. I’m excited to get a player with D-Jax’s ability, no doubt the Bucs got a lot better today. Now I bet the Bucs go get them an RB1 with the 19th pick. Think… Read more »

Naplesfan
Naplesfan
Reply to  Dude
5 years ago

You don’t draft a RB in the first round every 4-5 years for two reasons: RBs aren’t worth that much to the team in a passing league, and if you did that you’d end up neglecting other more important needs. Especially when a very big proportion of great RBs have been available and drafted in later rounds, or even UDFA. Lots of examples of the latter … the leading rusher (LeGarrett Blount) on the best team in the league last year – the Pats – was a UDFA. While a first rounder led the league in rushing yards last season,… Read more »

Dude
Dude
Reply to  Naplesfan
5 years ago

Actually that was a bit of a hyperbole on my part. I didn’t mean only in the first round, but in the first 3 rounds for sure. It would be one way of keeping a cheap young and strong RB on your team. Lets face it, you have to get one, and your going to spend the money. It’s no different than any other position of need on the team. Who says your going to neglect other positions? If you need a RB, you need an RB. They only last about 5 or so years on your team anyway.

buc4life
buc4life
5 years ago

Ok we sign jackson love it..but think about first pick if for some reason we pick john ross just image the speed we would have for years to come.we would not have to worry about that position for awhile..pick up a running back in second third safety..but dont forget that corey davis is out there tho injured he is a beast like calvin johnson..could pick up later in rounds 2 maybe three..go bucs

76Buc
76Buc
5 years ago

I’ll believe this signing when I see the contract; not before.