The Tampa Bay Buccaneers may bring Vincent Jackson back, if we can believe Dirk Koetter. While the Bucs head coach was noncommittal about the veteran receiver at the NFL Scouting Combine, he did note that they’ve talked to him about possibly bringing him back.
#Bucs coach Dirk Koetter says team has had talks with WR Vincent Jackson about coming back for another year— Roy Cummings (@RCummingsFRS) March 1, 2017
This wasn’t much of a commitment and it certainly didn’t suggest this was a likely option. Vincent Jackson is widely expected to move on from the Bucs after two disappointing and injury-marred seasons, and there’s been some chatter that he might retire.
Later, general manager Jason Licht said that they’d like him to “be a Buc for life”, but alluded to a non-playing role on the team instead — although he certainly didn’t rule out bringing him back to play another season. Licht also said that they wanted to add quality and depth at the receiver position.
If Jackson does come back, that would be a somewhat curious move given the team’s need to add speed and explosiveness on offense. Jackson is many things, but at this stage in his career his mostly a possession receiver. And one who’s likely to be pretty expensive, too.
I wouldn’t expect Jackson to come back, in the end. There are younger options out there who bring more diversity of skills to the team’s offense, and there are quite a few outstanding receivers they could draft in the first three rounds or so, too.
But it’s interesting that Koetter still kept the door open for Jackson to return, and we have seen weirder things happen.