Speaking to reporters on Wednesday from the NFL Scouting Combine, Bucs GM Jason Licht said the team wants to keep both defensive tackle Gerald McCoy and wide receiver DeSean Jackson, calling both of them, “very good players.”

McCoy was a first round draft pick in 2010, and is third all time on the Bucs sack list with 54.5 only behind just Hall of Famer Warren Sapp and Simeon Rice.

McCoy is slated to earn $13 million in 2019 and some had speculated the former Sooner star could be a cap casualty as the Buccaneers currently sit with only $16 million in cap space.

McCoy’s spot on the team in 2019 appears safe, but Jackson’s is still up in the air.

Bucs WR DeSean Jackson – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR

Jackson was signed as a free agent during the offseason in 2016 and in two seasons with the Buccaneers, has caught 91 passes for 1,442 yards and seven touchdowns.

New Bucs head coach Bruce Arians back in January stated he was hoping to talk to Jackson and have him back with Tampa Bay in 2019.

Jackson is set to earn $10 million.

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Andy Ely
2 years ago

Apparently Licht just wants to role with the same players and expects a different result. Just let Jackson go, we need his $10 million in cap space

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2 years ago


Jolly Bucs Fan
2 years ago

F#CK NO TO DJAX. Godd@mn if they bring that POS back to this team I am going to lose all faith in Arians.

Complete cancer, gave up on his team, sowed dissent, didnt give any effort and didnt bother to practice. GTFO

Reply to  Jonathan Goodfellow
2 years ago

I do not think I would slam Jackson that hard. Everyone (including Winston promoted for him to be here). The problem is that Winston is not a precise or accurate QB. He can not “drop it in the bucket.” Thus Winston can not take advantage of what Jackson does. Jackson will juke move at the line and sprint off to the races. Dree Brees or Aaron Rogers can drop it the bucket, but not Winston. Winston needs taller guys or guys with a big catch radius. It was a bad fit from the being. Winston would over throw or under… Read more »

2 years ago

Gerald McCoy will be about the money DeSean Jackson is going to be about who is quarterback if Jameis Winston is in the building next year say goodbye DeSean Jackson. I get it a lot of the pewter trolls will say so long Jackson but how many good players can a last-place team say goodbye to.??????

Reply to  BUC-ASS-BOB
2 years ago

I really hope Arians is just trying to keep Jacksons trade value. Lets take a 5th or 6th rounder for the scrub and be done with him. McCoy on the other hand is worth keeping around.

Reply to  nybuccguy
2 years ago

Problem is Jackson will command no trade at this time. All other 31 teams will not do it. I bet you a million bucks different teams have been telling Licht no over last few months. The other teams only want Jackson to be cut and they negotiate one on one with his agent. They have no desire or hurry to cough up any assets to take on Jackson’s $10 million cap hit. Before last years deadline Licht could have done something with a playoff contending team that was short WRs. Licht refused to do that. Licht and Koetter were desparate… Read more »