Josina Anderson of ESPN is told that the Buccaneers could surface as a possible destination for free agent WR Desean Jackson in the coming weeks.
Last we heard regarding Jackson, Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk reported that there has been currently “chatter” in league circles that Jackson is going to generate “strong interest” from a number of teams.
There has been talk that Jackson could return to the Eagles, but his most recent comments made it clear he would like to be back with the Redskins.
“I do want to still be here,” Jackson said Thursday, via Redskins.com. “My family and my house, I have everything here and I don’t want to be in a transaction and move. First things first, I do want to be here and hopefully we can make it work. But once again this is a business so things happen. I’m just really excited about the opportunity I have to sit and now the ball’s in my corner a little bit and see what we can do. I’m just excited and I’m going to let my agent care of all that. Ready to just sit back and whatever offers come in but obviously, like I said, I do want to be here.”
Jason La Canfora recently reported that there is a “legitimate chance” Jackson ends up signing with a team other than the Eagles, as there is expected to be a “good number” of suitors for his services in free agency.
La Canfora admits that Jackson returning to the Eagles is still a possibility that “makes sense on a lot of levels.” Interestingly enough, sources who La Canfora has spoken to in recent months made it seem like Jackson returning to Philadelphia was likely a near certainty, but the limited free agent pool of receivers could lead to other teams getting involved.
Some teams to watch for Jackson, according to La Canfora, could include the Buccaneers, Titans and possibly the Ravens.
Jackson, 30, 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 that included $16 million guaranteed with the Redskins back in 2014.
In 2016, Jackson appeared in 14 games for the Redskins and caught 56 passes for 1005 yards receiving and four touchdowns. Pro Football Focus has him rated as the No. 36 receiver out of 115 qualifying players.
We have him featured in our Top 100 – 2017 Free Agents list.