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The Buccaneers unloaded strong safety Mark Barron, the team’s first-round pick in 2012, in a trade with St. Louis for fourth- and sixth-round picks in the 2015 NFL Draft. Tampa Bay also dealt linebacker Jonathan Casillas and their sixth-round pick to New England for the Patriots’ fifth-rounder.

With the NFL Draft less than three months away, what other Buccaneers could be dealt in an effort to stockpile picks and fill the team’s many holes by rebuilding through the draft? PewterReport.com has spent the last three days looking at the top three players that could be on the trading block this spring. After starting with quarterback Mike Glennon, who has started 19 games over the past two seasons, and profiling running back Doug Martin, PewterReport.com concludes with the pros and cons of trading wide receiver Vincent Jackson.

Why There Is A Market For Jackson
Coming off a 70-catch, 1,002-yard, two-touchdown season at age 31, Jackson became just the second Buccaneers receiver to post three consecutive 1,000-yard seasons. The fact that Jackson keeps himself in great physical condition will extend his NFL career for a few more years as he transitions from being a deep threat to a possession receiver.

Although he isn’t as fast as he used to be, Jackson is still capable of making plays downfield, evidenced by 12 catches of 20 yards or more in 2014. The three-time Pro Bowler averaged 14.3 yards per catch last year and owns a 17-yard average throughout his 10-year career.

At 6-foot-5, 230 pounds, Jackson can still outleap and outmuscle opponents for jump balls down field and in the red zone. Although Jackson’s two touchdowns last year are his fewest in nine years, Jackson averaged eight TDs over the previous three years.

The Philadelphia Eagles reportedly wanted to trade for Jackson last year prior to the deadline, and there could still be some interest this offseason. While there are several interesting wide receivers in the 2015 NFL Draft, there isn’t a receiver that comes close to matching Jackson’s size or that of Mike Evans, a 6-foot-5, 235-pound rookie that Tampa Bay drafted in the first round a year ago. That could prompt a team or two to offer a mid-round pick for Jackson this offseason if they want to add some size and experience to their receiving corps.

Why The Bucs May Want To Keep Jackson
If Tampa Bay drafts Florida State Jamies Winston or Oregon’s Marcus Mariota, which seems like a foregone conclusion at this point, the Bucs need to surround the rookie signal caller with as many good weapons on offense as possible. Jackson is a reliable target in the passing game, capable of producing another 1,000-yard season even at age 32.

Evans will be marked man in 2015 after a breakthrough rookie season with him drawing opposing teams’ primary cover corners. That means the Bucs better have a playmaking No. 2 receiver to play opposite the team’s first-round pick from a year ago, and Jackson can capably fill that role for at least another season.

Jackson served as a great mentor for Evans last year and he would miss Jackson’s presence if he were to be cut or traded. Without Jackson, the next most experienced receiver on the roster is journeyman Louis Murphy, who is Tampa Bay’s current starting slot receiver. That’s not an ideal scenario for Evans or any other receiver that Jackson could help develop.

Since his arrival in Tampa Bay in 2012, Jackson has become one of the Bucs’ veteran leaders and team captains. He’s become a fixture in the community and one of the team’s very positive role models in the community, which helps inspire other Buccaneers to serve and sheds some very positive light on a team that needs some good public relations after a dismal 2-14 season.

What Should The Bucs Do With Jackson?
Trading Jackson would be a mistake, which is why PewterReport.com doesn’t think the Buccaneers would really consider it. Although there were some overtures made by Philadelphia and other teams prior to the trade deadline last year, Bucs general manager Jason Licht didn’t believe those offers warranted pulling the trigger on a trade that would cause Tampa Bay to lose one of its playmakers and leaders.

As a result, it would likely take a second-round pick or perhaps a high third-round pick for Licht to even consider trading Jackson, who figures to be a fixture in Tampa Bay’s offense again in 2015. Given his age, Jackson is not expected to fetch that much. From a leadership, production and community relations aspect, Jackson is just too valuable to simply unload on another team without getting some real value. The team might want to ask Jackson, who has two years left on his contract, to take a pay cut from his base salary of $9.77 million, but Tampa Bay is not expected to part ways with him this offseason.

And if the Bucs plan on drafting Winston, who comes with some immaturity issues, having a strong veteran presence from a player like Jackson in the huddle and in the locker room is a necessity to help ease any concerns about the Florida State star the organization might have. The Bucs don’t have many true leaders on their below-average team – Gerald McCoy, Lavonte David and Jackson are considered to be the top three – and can’t afford to lose any of them.

Winston enjoyed a fantastic season throwing Kelvin Benjamin during his Heisman Trophy-winning redshirt freshman season, and found the 6-foot-5, 240-pound receiver in the end zone for the game-winning touchdown in the BCS National Championship Game in 2013. Although Benjamin is now in Carolina, having not one, but two 6-foot-5 receivers to throw the ball up to would help speed up the development of any rookie quarterback, whether it’s Winston or Mariota.

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About the Author: Scott Reynolds

Scott Reynolds is in his 25th 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 spent six years 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: sr@pewterreport.com
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ColeRiel
ColeRiel
6 years ago

Would be ok letting VJ go if there was any reason to do so. We have no replacement for him. Evans isn’t ready to be a #1 reciever. And we would not profit from the trade. Good analysis as always SR.

tomort1
tomort1
6 years ago

I do not believe they will draft Winston with his baggage, but they want it believed they will to entice trade offers. They want to trade down if they can get a good enough offer.

pinkstob
pinkstob
6 years ago

Agreed SR, we’ve got to keep Jackson. I’m even in favor of keeping him at his existing salary.

macabee
macabee
6 years ago

I agree with Scott, pinkstob, et al. Jackson has cleared 1,000 yards in each of his three years as a Buc, but watched his touchdown totals fall from eight to seven to two and of course everybody has noticed the dropped balls. Jackson is now 32 and is due a hefty $9.777 million base salary in 2015 with a total cap number of 12.2mil. Even so, at this point he should not be traded and should definitely remain on the Bucs roster. V-Jax may eventually end up behind Mike Evans on the depth chart, but his presence has had a… Read more »

Horse
Horse
6 years ago

I didn’t read the article because my answer is absolutely not! I wish we had more VJ’s that produce and behave the way he does and sets the example as a leader too!

jongruden
jongruden
6 years ago

Horse- I agree- I laughed when I read the headline, skimmed the article and the answer to trading D Jax is hell to the naw

Buctebow
Buctebow
6 years ago

I agree as well, we need him to continue the mentoring process with Evans and as a target. Not until we have a proven comparable replacement would I consider letting him go. A new QB (Mariota) will need him.

georgehicks
georgehicks
6 years ago

I think trading Jackson is a very big mistake. But tradin Glenn and Martin Is Not. Right now we have 3 top draft choices in 1 thru 3. But If I was the HC and GM I would trade martin for a 2 or 3, and Qb Glenn a 3 or 4 or 5..If they some how get a 2 and a no#5 next year for glenn and martin. Tampa bay would have 2 no#2. and a #5 next year. I say trade martin and glen but Not Jackson. GO Bucs

kram0789
kram0789
6 years ago

Vincent is on his last legs but they are some legs. He should stay another year, but we have to have a plan to replace him soon.

buclover1988
buclover1988
Reply to  kram0789
6 years ago

Evans is the replacement. We need other playmakers at the two eventually now. I think we could shock a lot of ppl and bring in a stud wr in fa or draft a wr higher than expected. Either way our wide outs need to continue to get an influx of youthful player makers

buclover1988
buclover1988
6 years ago

Is it fair to say that he’s earned the “fan favorite” title? So trading him on that alone would be a huge mistake. We need as many weapons as possible so subtracting in an area of need just to get younger and unproven isn’t a recipe for success. I see no reason why Jackson couldn’t play another 2-3 more yrs as our number 2 and help set the tone for our wide outs. Evans is a younger more athletic version of JacJackson’s if we can get some effective speed wide outs with a real qb, we could be dangerous. We… Read more »

scubog
scubog
6 years ago

I wanted the Bucs to draft Vincent Jackson when he was in the Draft. For some reason the Chargers and he had issues that led to us landing him in Free Agency. Interesting how we here in Tampa Bay have embraced him when those in California did not.

jongruden
jongruden
Reply to  scubog
6 years ago

Scu- D Jax left Sd over money he wanted to be paid, we paid him end of story there is nothing else about it

scubog
scubog
Reply to  jongruden
6 years ago

Yes, they were in a dispute over money, but as I recall he had some off field incidents out there too.

deeznuts
deeznuts
6 years ago

We CANNOT let go of VJax this year. He embodies what little dignity our franchise has left. PR forgot to mention his down year with 1000 yards was a result of playing through a fractured wrist….talk about tough. Evans isn’t close to mature enough to handle the X reciever solo. Evans success hinges on VJax and likewise our QB. Having 2x 1000yrd receivers on a 2-14 team is the only good thing we have going for us….but leave it to the bucs to squander that too right after we trade the house (martin, Glennon, etc) for garbage picks so that… Read more »

magoobee
magoobee
6 years ago

Most important thing in this article is you are going to draft Winston, you have to keep VJax. Winston needs someone that slap him upside his head and show him how to act as a human being.

buclover1988
buclover1988
6 years ago

Magoobee lol very true

BUCCAUSE
BUCCAUSE
6 years ago

are you people out of your minds? vjax is HANDS down the best receiver the BUCS have EVER, I mean EVER had, not keyshawn, or any body even close, we finally have a legitimate dual threat in Tampa,hes only 31. he still has 5 solid years in front of him,he is a flat out stud, on and ofdf the feild mentor….Get a damn quaterback who can get them the ball and let him and evans grow!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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