The winds of DeSean Jackson in Tampa Bay started when SR wrote his Fab 5 on the topic back in early February. Now, on the first day of the NFL’s 2017 year, the Bucs turned that imagination into reality by signing Jackson to a three-year, $35mil deal – $20mil guaranteed.
According to OverTheCap.com, Jackson’s deal makes him the seventh highest wide receiver in the league, which is three spots higher than the position Vincent Jackson was in with his former contract with the Buccaneers.
As the 2016 season unfolded and the Buccaneers saw their offensive weapons dwindle away, both from injury and performance. In response, head coach Dirk Koetter and general manager Jason Licht made it their top priority to get quarterback Jameis Winston and the rest of the offense more suitable and explosive weapons for the 2017 season – weapons you’d expect to see on a playoff-caliber team.
HEAD COACH DIRK KOETTER ON SIGNING DESEAN JACKSON
“DeSean is exactly the type of dynamic playmaker we have been targeting for our offense. DeSean brings a veteran presence and a big-play mentality that fits in perfectly with our offensive philosophy. He is a tough-minded competitor who has the game-breaking speed and pass-catching ability that stretches the defense and creates matchup problems.”
GENERAL MAAGER JASON LICHT ON SIGNING DESEAN JACKSON
“It is rare to find a player in free agency with the combination of speed and natural playmaking ability of a DeSean Jackson. DeSean is a smart, gifted athlete who has averaged more than 17 yards per reception throughout his nine-year career and brings the type of veteran experience and deep threat receiving ability that will have an immediate impact on our offense.”
The addition of Jackson certainly fills that role, but within that, he brings an element to offense that the Buccaneers franchise simply has not had for a long, long time. Since coming into the league in 2008, Jackson has been one of the top deep-ball receivers in the NFL. In fact, since he first game, no receiver in the entire league has caught more 50-yard touchdown passes than Jackson. In his nine season, six with Philly and three with Washington, Jackson has never played a year where he hasn’t caught at least one pass for over 60 yards (in many cases, it has been multiple passes per year of such distance).
Since 2008, Jackson’s 112 receptions of 25+ yards, 37 receptions of 50+ yards and 17.7 yards per reception average (min. 60 career catches) all lead the NFL. The 37 catches of 50+ yards are 14 more than any other player during that span, while his five 1,000-yard receiving seasons and 32 100-yard receiving games are each tied for the fifth-most. Additionally, his per catch averages in 2010 (22.5) and 2014 (20.9) rank second and fourth, respectively, among all single seasons over that nine-year period.
As the news became official that Jackson would be bringing his talents to the Bay, the team’s franchise wide receiver Mike Evans – who had to be happy he was getting some help after last season – chimed in with his excitement. “[Jacksons’s] speed and big-play ability will help our team greatly. I think it’s an awesome pick up.”
Next week, in Buccaneers beat reporter Trevor Sikkema’s Cover 3 column, he’s going to take Jackson’s recent years into the film room as a part of his All-Twenty Tuesday series to see just how Jackson fits into this Tampa Bay, and what he could bring to the table that Bucs fans haven’t seen. Only available on PewterReport.com.
Trevor Sikkema is the Tampa Bay Buccaneers beat reporter and NFL Draft analyst for PewterReport.com. Sikkema, an alumnus of the University of Florida, has covered both college and professional football for much of his career. As a native of the Sunshine State, when he's not buried in social media, Sikkema can be found out and active, attempting to be the best athlete he never was. Sikkema can be reached at: [email protected]
I like the signing, but feel like we over paid. Not that his production hasn’t been there, but he is north of 30.
Only $20 M guaranteed and 3 years, probably at least a little back end weighted average of around $10-11M per year guaranteed. Pending receipt of details.
Not an overpayment at all for his production. His teammate Pierre Garcon, who had basically the same yardage but less on explosive plays – which is precisely what Coach Koetter says we both need and have lacked – as DJax last season got $16M guaranteed in just the first year.
I think it is a little steep also considering for 2 mil more we could have had Jefferys. WRs tend to decline rapidly after 30 which is how old Jackson is. Garcon is making just over 9 mil a season compared to Jackson who is making close to 12 mil a season. That 2.5 mil difference is big when considering they had almost the exact same production. Its a lot smarter to give more of the guaranteed money up front so you can cut them in a season or 2 with no cap penalty if production declines. I would have preferred D-Jax contract be the same. Plus Garcon hasn’t missed a game since 2012 and Jackson has missed 13 games in that span. I am def happy with the signing, just wish we didn’t pay so much. Hopefully Jackson will defy father time and have 3 great seasons. Only time will tell.
We could have gotten Jefferys for one year…and then have to pay him double what we’re giving Desean to get him to stay. Desean was the better move. It’s clear we wanted to go after speed and not another big semi slow guy. While it is a lot of money, we have the cap room and it fills a large need on our offense.
We could have gotten Jeffrey for multiple years but no team wanted to risk multiple years with his past. That’s why he settled for a 1 year deal to prove himself. We def could have gotten him for 2 or 3 years around 14 mil a year, which would be equivalent to 15 mil a year in philly when you factor in no state taxes in Florida. Even if Jeffery has a pro bowl season, there is no way Jeffrey makes more than 16 mil a year next year. I think an extra 2-3 mil a year is worth a pro bowler and legit #1 WR opposite Evans. Jeffery is young and still has 3-5 good seasons left where as Jackson has 1-2. Jeffery’s potential is just so much higher than Jackson. Could you imagine if we signed jeffery instead of Jackson and then drafted Ross for speed out of the slot. Our offense would have been top 3. Only time can tell, Maybe Jackson will stay healthy and have 3 great years and Jeffery will get suspended again.
ABout what I expected the Bucs to pay for him. It’s a short deal and 20 mill is probably pro rated over the first two years as in Bucs fashion. He probably won’t see that third year. We have speed and we needed it.. But I don’t think this will deter the Bucs from drafting a receiver either. Zay Jones is one who could be a good pickup in the 3rd and learn from DeSean and Big Mike. Let’s just hope Jackson brings a positive attitude and good work ethic , cause his talent is there. If we get three years like we got out of Mr. Galloway when we signed him, I’ll say it was worth every penny.
I thought $30-33 M. A little steep, but okay.
Yes to Zay Jones as our #4 WR, that guy is going to be a very good pro
I think we will still draft a WR in the first round. With Philly signing 2 WRs, I don’t see them taking a WR in round 1. I think Cook will be gone and Tenn will take OJ Howard. We will have our pick of Corey Davis or John Ross. As much as I like Ross Speed, I really like Davis skill set and think he would be a legitimate #1 WR eventually. Unless Cook falls to us at 19, I am all for us drafting a WR or TE round 1, Mixon round 2, and a WR or TE round 3 maybe Butt TE if we go WR in round 1.
If you go back and look at Washington games, you will see Ross had empty production. More a function of that offense. I predict Davis will be the best WR from this draft but he is a work in progress. So I’m looking 3 years out.
Great news! However, this is the perennial mash unit known as the Bucs. My hope is that he is not hamstrung by hamstring injuries and misses 11 games.
Even if he is healthy, temper expectations. 50 catches, 1000 yards, 4 tDs seems to be his sweet spot and with Mike Evans on the other side, that is just fine.
Great signing. We had to pay him what he wanted. Now let’s add Dalvin Cook.
Instead of Cook, I would rather the Bucs add Stanford RB Christian Mccaffery. He’s a game changer from 4 spots: RB, WR, PR, KR
OMG !! It’s like I just died and went to heaven! I can’t believe we actually got both Jackson and Baker! It looks like players might actually start to want to come to Tampa Bay and help right our ship! We are well on our way and hopefully we can get a couple more mid-tier FA’s to join us on our way to the playoffs. I think the coaching staff and Jameis Winston are really going to make it easier to acquire additional talent. Players actually want to come here now and that helps so much during this process. Now, we just need some more Safety depth and maybe an average priced TE to be a depth player. We have Brate and will hopefully draft another.
I’m good with it as the contract was reasonable. Go Bucs.
Perfect length for Jackson. Now it is time to target Carlos Henderson, Zay Jones or JuJu Smith-Schuster in round 2.
I’d rather see us get any of Davis, Ross, Williams, or Howard in Round 1 instead.
DJax isn’t a long term solution, and this isn’t a long term contract. Best to hire his understudy now (which would be either Davis or Ross), much as Mike Evans had VJax as his mentor. It certainly helped out Mike – he has repeatedly praised the leadership and savvy of VJax.
I would love all 4 of those guys but it is possible none of them fall to us, however it is likely at least one will fall. I am honestly warming up to David Njoku out of Miami too.
It’s fabulously cool to have choices, and a viable chance to nab at least one of the above, including Njoku.
Agreed that DJax is not the long term solution, but having a proven NFL speed guy is nice to have if one of those receivers turns out to be the next Dexter Jackson for the Bucs.
What a great opening to the 2017 season! I, like most of you have concerns about DJax staying healthy but you have to be excited about this. He can top 1000 again in 12-13 games. Baker seems like a legit player for that Dline. I know McDonald and others have looked promising but I think Baker in the middle with McCoy finally gives the Bucs that middle push we have missed.
Two big needs addressed and it really opened up the draft strategy. A stud for the secondary and a couple more weapons, all of a sudden this team is pretty strong top to bottom. Exciting times!
Great signs so far now draft OJ Howard and make this offense scary good, draft Mixon or Foreman in 2nd round for rb position
So good Jonnny G! Agree completely.
Well JW He got his MAN! So I hope we can block long enough to get the ball to him and NOT OVERTHROW him very much. As far as the draft goes REALLY hope we can get OJH in round one he would help the passing game and running game. If Mixon is still on the board rd.2 take him,I know he has off field issues and not defending them but I really think he learned a valuable lesson!!
Mixon has a terrible left.
Bucs GM Jason Licht on signing DeSean Jackson:
Per Jenna Laine at espn.com:
Statement from Bucs head coach Dirk Koetter:
“DeSean is exactly the type of dynamic playmaker we have been targeting for our offense. Desean brings a veteran presence and a big-play mentality that fits in perfectly with our offensive philosophy. He is a tough-minded competitor who has the game-breaking speed and pass-catching ability that stretches the defense and creates matchup problems.”
How much did we pay for the other V Jackson who didn’t play last year and how old was he. DJ was had at a good price.
I like it! This really makes a huge difference for our offense immediately. If he stays healthy he has easy 2-3 years before declining much IMO.
For you all worried if DJax loses a step, he could still move to a slot receiver if that happens. We haven’t seen speed like this since Galloway!!!! And that was a long time ago!
Jackson will never move to the slot. Jackson hates going across the middle of the field, that’s why he rarely does it. It would be nice to have him in the slot but he is to fragile to play slot.
DJax will slow down eventually … but Galloway was older when he first signed with the Bucs than DJax will be at the opening of the last season in this contract … and Galloway was burner and our most productive WR in his time here.
Key here is that Winston needs to get better at throwing the long ball because that is all Djax is good for. Also Djax better move here ASAP to start working with Winston.
Can’t argue this signing. Team need, reasonable price and DeSean is obviously glad to be here. I think DeSean working with Jameis will helps Jameis’ long ball accuracy. Fact is, the Buccaneers are going all out to win now and the players and fans know it. Exciting times!!!
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