The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are set to host wide receiver DeSean Jackson when NFL teams are allowed to start negotiating with free agents. That is: next Tuesday, March 7th. All of that per Washington beat writer Lake Lewis Jr.
Jackson has been repeatedly linked to the Bucs this offseason, with Jameis Winston saying he’d “love” to play with DeSean Jackson.
Signing the free agent speedster would make sense, given that the Bucs are looking to add speed to their offense and need a number two wide receiver. And if there’s one thing Jackson most definitely has, it’s speed.
While Jackson is getting older, he hasn’t shown many signs of slowing down. He posted 1,005 receiving yards last year, and led the league in yards per catch in both 2016 and 2014. He’ll be 31 this year and while that suggests he’s getting closer to the end, a collapse doesn’t seem imminent.
The question, of course, is to what extent these reports are correct — there’s always a lot of misinformation and deception around free agency. That’s something we won’t know until and if Jackson signs a contract with the Bucs, or is officially announced as having visited.
If the Bucs do sign Jackson, that will likely mean they’ve moved on from Vincent Jackson, who they have talked to about returning. It would also open the door for targeting a player who isn’t a receiver high in the 2017 NFL draft.