The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have reached an agreement with wide receiver DeSean Jackson on a three-year contract worth $35 million, including $20 million guaranteed, per ESPN’s Adam Schefter. The Bucs had been the front-runner for the speedy receiver’s services, and have finally reeled him in.
Buccaneers reached agreement with DeSean Jackson on a three-year, $35-million contract that includes $20 million guaranteed, per sources.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 9, 2017
Jackson fills the Bucs’ need for speed, as they looked to add explosiveness to an offense that didn’t produce a single 50+-yard catch last year. Meanwhile, Jackson led the league in yards per catch in 2014 and 2016, and has basically one trick: run deep really really fast. And he’s very, very good at that trick.
Jackson had been rumored to be looking for a $12 million contract, which is basically what he got. That’s a pretty solid amount of money for his services, given that Pierre Garcon signed a deal worth $11 million per year, and Jackson has a unique skill that Garcon does not possess: speed.
Jameis Winston’ll have to start working on his fast ball, though. Time to get that deep passing game really going.