With free agency approaching it, the Bucs may be looking to free up some salary cap space. CBSSports.com’s Jason La Canfora reported on Friday that the Buccaneers approached starting side receiver Vincent Jackson about taking a pay cut, but the veteran said no. However, PewterReport.com has learned Jackson was never asked to take a pay cut.
La Canfora wrote, “Tampa shopped before the trade deadline and while they might still be open to dealing him, they haven’t restarted that process yet, sources said, and at this point it looks like he’ll be back. Jackson will not agree to a pay cut, sources said, and the Bucs have plenty of cap space and need all the assets they can get, especially with it looking more and more like a done deal that they draft quarterback Jameis Winston first overall. Jackson has a $10M base and $12.2M cap hit, and while his role in the offense dipped at times last season, with uncertainty at quarterback, I suspect he is one guy from this group who sticks around. But I’m sure there are three to four teams who would be interested in him for sure.”
The Bucs could be looking to restructure Jackson’s deal which calls for a $12 .2million cap hit in 2015, but both general manager Jason Licht and Lovie Smith have been adamant that Jackson is part of the Bucs plans for 2015. Tampa Bay Times reporter Rick Stroud tweeted on February 18, “#BucsGM Jason Licht will meet with the agent for Vincent Jackson in Indy, presumably to ask for a restructure of his $9.77-mil salary.” Licht also told Stroud that Jackson would “absolutely” be back with the Buccaneers and “we really like Jackson.”
According to Spotrac.com the Buccaneers have around $27 million in cap space currently, but can easily increase that with the release of some veteran players like Anthony Collins, Dashon Goldson, Michael Johnson and Michael Koenen. Other players could be asked to rework their current deals to provide the team more cap room.
The 2015 free agency period kicks off on March 10 at 4 p.m. and while Tampa Bay will be active, they are not expected to make any high-dollar splash signings, instead looking for more value free agents like defensive tackle Clinton McDonald, a player who was the most productive of Tampa Bay’s large free agent class of 2014.
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We have to keep Jackson at least one more year. Twelve mil. against the cap is a little high but he has earned it. That being said we need to draft his replacement this year, a 6’5 receiver with speed would be nice if we could find one. Keep the “twin towers” in tact for our rookie QB. Next year he needs to take a pay cut or he will need to be replaced. We still need a slot receiver with speed so we can go four wide anytime we desire. When you think of receivers it comes to mind that our receivers are designed more for Winston then Mariota that’s one reason I believe the Bucs will select Winston.
Well I think in this years draft we focus on getting a slot receiver, although I did see Atlanta just let go of Hugh Douglas. I’m curious if Koetter would bring him in since he has knowledge of the system already.
But we do need Vincents replacement next year as he probably won’t be here after that. It would be nice to have one more receiver he could groom and there are some big boys in this draft at receiver. Most will be gone in the first round though so slot will be the best quality of player we can get where we pick at.
When you have a player this good and another on the opposite side, you don’t cut him. You get a QB who can get him the ball. Don’t be foolish. You have a handful of players who are really good, build around them.
This is good for the morale of the team. particularly the young players.
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