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Buccaneers not trading Vincent Jackson, receiver won't accept pay cut

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It looks like Vincent Jackson will still be a member of the Bucs this year. According to Jason La Canfora, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers haven't dangled wide receiver Vincent Jackson in front of teams yet, despite the fact that he's set to make $10 million this year and won't agree to a pay cut. General manager Jason Licht said two weeks ago that Vincent Jackson would be on the roster this year.

But if the Bucs were to cut Jackson, replacing him with a quality wideout shouldn't be too challenging. Not only is this year's draft filled with receiving talent, the free agency market is pretty full, as the class is likely to include Randall Cobb and Dez Bryant. That class will look even better if a few players currently under contract like Mike Wallace, Brandon Marshall and Marques Colston hit the market, which is expected to happen. I'm not sure they'll be able to find a player as good as Jackson, who has put up 1,000 receiving yards in each of his past three seasons, but they should be able to find better value for money.

Still, keeping Jackson seems like the most likely outcome right now. The veteran is a well-respected member of the team and the community, should be able to help whichever quarterback the Buccaneers add to their team in transitioning to being a professional in the NFL, and is at least a known quantity -- someone who's a valuable member of the locker room and won't cause any friction. That's worth a lot, especially in an offseason that's likely to see the Bucs once again turn over much of their roster.