Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports that one of the first things new Buccaneers HC Bruce Arians did upon taking the job was getting WR DeSean Jackson‘s phone number. Rapoport says Arians plans to re-recruit Jackson to remain in Tampa Bay, despite the trade request he made last season.
Arians will try to sell Jackson on being a big part of their offense and the fact that they’re hired Todd McNair, who recruited Jackson in college.
A few weeks ago, Josina Anderson of ESPN reported that Jackson wants to move on from Tampa Bay next year.
According to Anderson, issues began to fester following the Buccaneers’ game against the 49ers, which led to an exchange with former HC Dirk Koetter over him not practicing through a hand injury.
Anderson lists the Eagles, Redskins and possibly the Rams as potential landing spots for Jackson.
Jackson requested a trade before this year’s deadline, but the Buccaneers ultimately held onto him.
Jackson, 31, is a former second-round pick of the Eagles back in 2008. He spent six years with the Eagles before signing a three-year, $24 million contract with the Redskins back in 2014.
After three years with the Redskins, Jackson once again departed in free agency and agreed to a three-year, $35 million contract that includes $20 million guaranteed with the Buccaneers. He stands to make a base salary of $10 million for the 2019 season.
In 2018, Jackson appeared in 12 games for the Buccaneers and caught 41 passes for 774 yards receiving and four touchdowns. He has also rushed for 29 yards and a touchdown.
We’ll have more regarding Jackson as the news is available.