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Report: Finnegan “recruiting” Vincent Jackson for possible package deal

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Jason Cole of Yahoo! Sports reports that free agent cornerback Cortland Finnegan is actively “recruiting” free agent wideout Vincent Jackson to join Finnegan on his next NFL team. Cole suspects that team is the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Finnegan has reportedly been text messaging back and forth with Jackson. The Bucs certainly have the salary cap space to land both players, and Finnegan and Jackson play positions of need in Tampa.

Bucs incumbent No. 1 receiver Mike Williams played more like a No. 2 last season. Arrelious Benn has been a disappointment, unable to break free from a receiver committee with the similarly pedestrian Dezmon Briscoe. Preston Parker is strictly a slot guy.

With Ronde Barber unsigned for 2012 and considering retirement, Finnegan would be a natural replacement — and upgrade — at right cornerback. Left corner Aqib Talib is in danger of a league-imposed suspension.

The Buccaneers have been criticized for sitting on large amounts of cap space in past offseasons, but they’re publicly committed to opening the pocketbook this spring.

Jackson and Finnegan would be an awfully aggressive way to start.

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62 Responses to “Report: Finnegan “recruiting” Vincent Jackson for possible package deal”
  1. katrinasafterbirth says: Mar 8, 2012 5:41 PM

    Tampa Bay sounds good for those 2…no pressure to win and collect an easy paycheck. They could also go to Philly, another landing place for losers.

  2. wpgvikings28 says: Mar 8, 2012 5:43 PM

    It’s probably Minnesota, they also need WRs and CBs even worse than Tampa does.

  3. bearsrulepackdrool says: Mar 8, 2012 5:45 PM

    Nooooo. Come to the Bears!!

  4. edmazeing1 says: Mar 8, 2012 5:45 PM

    Good to see Texting is still popping, I avg 3,000 a month!!!

  5. thankheavenfornumberseven says: Mar 8, 2012 5:46 PM

    Are you sure Jason Cole didn’t mean “Minnesota” when he said “Tampa”?

  6. noquickreactionshere says: Mar 8, 2012 5:47 PM

    Haynesworth, Jackson, Finnigan all on the same team? You might need Don King to control that locker room…

  7. njbucsfan says: Mar 8, 2012 5:47 PM

    I like this!

  8. frostbelt says: Mar 8, 2012 5:49 PM

    Both should come to Buffalo

  9. mrgroovesd says: Mar 8, 2012 5:52 PM

    I think VJ wants a proven QB and not sure if TB’s QB is can be that guy yet.

  10. dccowboy says: Mar 8, 2012 5:52 PM

    Not to mention that Aqib Talib may be sitting in a jail cell in September

  11. TheJStyles says: Mar 8, 2012 5:52 PM

    St. Louis maybe?

    Need a WR? Check
    Need a CB? Check
    CB and Coach have history? Check

  12. tonyromoisterrible says: Mar 8, 2012 5:53 PM

    It would be inconceivable to me that V. Jack would entertain going to Tampa because Finnegan is luring him there. I would suspect the Ravens have to be a possible landing spot for V. Jack. Having a deep threat like that would make them serious SB contenders for next year. As far as Finnegan……. Is he or has he ever been a shut down corner? Why is this news?

  13. leocrow says: Mar 8, 2012 5:53 PM

    Yeah but why should Vincent Jackson care about Cortland Finnegan’s input?

  14. whatthabucs says: Mar 8, 2012 5:54 PM

    That would be nice for the bucs…and text Carl Nicks also cortland

  15. rc33 says: Mar 8, 2012 5:55 PM

    Saints may be fading.
    Carolina is coming on but not there yet.
    Atlanta? Who knows? Until they get a defense that can get off the field on 3rd down, they’re still up in the air.
    Tampa needs to do a complete 180 from last season (especially Freeman) but getting guys like this could jump start ’em in (what looks like) a suddenly winnable division.

  16. captaincanuck84 says: Mar 8, 2012 5:57 PM

    Would be huge for the bucs. Would be a great start to free agency. Hope it happens!!

  17. freemantowilliams says: Mar 8, 2012 5:58 PM

    I can’t see them coming down here to Tampa. The glazer bros. and dom dom only like to sign second tier guys. Are there any free agents coming off a major injury that we can get for a deal? It’s sad but true.

  18. daltongreen says: Mar 8, 2012 5:58 PM

    Two Words. Cincinnati Bengals.

  19. wryly1 says: Mar 8, 2012 5:58 PM

    Gurantees it won’t happen – especially with these two. Duh! Suffice it to say neither of these rocket scientists gave up a Rhodes Scholarship to play in the NFL.

  20. geniusesq says: Mar 8, 2012 5:59 PM

    Ehh. Not exactly Lebron & Dwade.

  21. towniesman says: Mar 8, 2012 5:59 PM

    ha ha ha ha ha a real powerhouse in the making…..NOT

  22. emmac13 says: Mar 8, 2012 6:00 PM

    If they go to TB and Peyton goes to Miami all of FLA football teams did well. Oh wait Jacksonville will still suck.

  23. ceh14 says: Mar 8, 2012 6:01 PM

    Or you could be a jealous and soon to be miserable saints fan. Katrinasafterbirth taampa is all but a done deal

  24. mialto says: Mar 8, 2012 6:04 PM

    Two needs for Bears but not a package deal.

  25. Picked_Off says: Mar 8, 2012 6:06 PM

    As a Bucs fan…this just sounds WAY too good to be true. So I’m just going to assume it’s not going to happen and go on with being a disgruntled fan.

  26. 2mannings1cup says: Mar 8, 2012 6:07 PM

    Patriots need both position, and have the cap space to boot…doubtful none the less.

  27. lgbarn says: Mar 8, 2012 6:09 PM

    wpgvikings28 says:
    Mar 8, 2012 5:43 PM
    It’s probably Minnesota, they also need WRs and CBs even worse than Tampa does.


    Cortland is already on record saying he wants to play for Tampa. It’s in the GM’s hands because no one can outbid the Bucs.

  28. lokm88 says: Mar 8, 2012 6:11 PM

    It’s the Rams baby! Finnegans roots with Fisher bring him over. VJ will keep the Rams wasting a top pick on Justin Blackmon aka slower Hakeem Nicks Lite…2nd round talent!

  29. skito13 says: Mar 8, 2012 6:15 PM

    They will make better Rams….

  30. stevincinci says: Mar 8, 2012 6:15 PM

    Both would look good in stripes. Bengals baby!

  31. mxyoung says: Mar 8, 2012 6:17 PM

    BOOOOOOOO!!! come to Buffalo!

  32. daddyargue says: Mar 8, 2012 6:19 PM

    As a Bucs fan, I hope that Cole is right about this. Although Vincent Jackson isn’t a Top 10 receiver in the league, he is a Pro Bowler and a Veteran that can provide valuable mentorship not only to the rest of the receiving corp, but Josh Freeman as well. Freeman hasn’t had any experienced receivers to ever play with and learn from. Some folks tend to forget that many receivers can play a huge part in helping their QB’s understand how a DB plays and why they should audible to an in route vice an out route, etc.

    Finnegan is also a veteran, again not in the Top 10 of his position, but he’s a proven CB. His attitude borderline parallels Aquib Tablib’s, but at least his problems have been on the field and not in the court house.

    Signing both of these players prior to the draft really opens the door to what the Bucs can do in the draft. Everyone tends to agree that they should draft Richardson, Claiborne, or Blackmon but this could alleviate the need to draft any of them. We could instead possibly trade down a few spots, get more draft picks, and still draft Richardson, who many agree may not go in the top 10, or even get another RB later in the 1st or 2nd round.

    Please, let Cole be right, and please let Bucs management be serious about spending some money.

  33. xxxfixxxerxxx says: Mar 8, 2012 6:22 PM

    What is this? The NBA?

  34. bearsrulepackdrool says: Mar 8, 2012 6:29 PM

    edmazeing1 says:
    Mar 8, 2012 5:45 PM
    Good to see Texting is still popping, I avg 3,000 a month!!!

    Good thing the term “popping” isn’t.

  35. billybatty says: Mar 8, 2012 6:34 PM

    Rams, duh.

  36. stevedubs11 says: Mar 8, 2012 6:37 PM

    Well, its clearly going to be the rams since it looks like they’re not going to keep Brandon Lloyd and Al Harris just retired.

  37. buchopeful says: Mar 8, 2012 6:41 PM

    I told you Tampa! when the deals are signed I’ll feel better..

  38. valcomm5 says: Mar 8, 2012 6:42 PM

    Welcome to St Louis fellas

  39. redbullenergydrink says: Mar 8, 2012 6:42 PM

    First basketball players, now football players are getting together and finding ways to join up! Times have really changed.

  40. dewalt2990 says: Mar 8, 2012 6:42 PM

    Sounds like drama….and theyre not even on a team yet…

  41. onebucfan says: Mar 8, 2012 6:48 PM

    Being a Buc fan, I would not mind these signings. All I want is that the Glazers to come off the hip and spend some of that money… Another WR I would like to see come to Tampa is Reggie Wayne…

  42. tropboi11 says: Mar 8, 2012 6:52 PM

    Im glad they have been hearing my prayers, welcome to Tampa boys!

  43. schmitty2 says: Mar 8, 2012 6:55 PM

    Being I’m a Ram’s say we need WR and CB help is a HUGE understatement. Oh and we need OLB and O-line help. And maybe a new DC

  44. riverdog1988 says: Mar 8, 2012 6:59 PM

    NO TEAM NEEDS CB & WR worse than the Bucs. This would be too sweet. One small correction to the article: Talib’s suspension is a foregone conclusion but it won’t start right away because Talib will be in prison for awhile. I don’t think you can get away with shooting at a fleeing unarmed man even in George Bush’s home state.

  45. whodeytn says: Mar 8, 2012 7:11 PM


  46. spellingcops says: Mar 8, 2012 7:14 PM

    edmazeing1, your comments taint these message boards. Please stop, you’ve never had a good post.

  47. catchhester23 says: Mar 8, 2012 7:16 PM

    It could also be chicago. Plenty of cap space. Need to upgrade or atleast add depth at corner. Also think jackson would want a ring. Chicago is closer to that than Tampa. Why leave the chargers and go to a team in rebuild mode?? Chicago just needs a few key players like jackson.

  48. footballfan292 says: Mar 8, 2012 7:21 PM

    Bucs have the money….and then some. $67 million in cap space and that might go up even more if the league increases the cap.

    They can pay VJ and Finnegan each $12 million and still have a ton left over to sign Nicks. They can outbid every team in the league, easily.

    Question is…will the Glazers spend any money? The reason they have so much cap room is because they’ve been cheap for the last 3 years not signing anyone.

  49. plum13sec says: Mar 8, 2012 7:25 PM

    But what about arrelious benn and mike williams! /sarcasm

  50. miamimike1 says: Mar 8, 2012 7:29 PM

    Denver Broncos need a cornerback to play opposite Champ Bailey and they need a number one receiver. Jackson won’t want to deal with Tebow 46% passer rating though.

  51. myeaglescantwin says: Mar 8, 2012 7:31 PM

    Can you please explain to me why Vincent Jackson gets all this respect? He’s been in the league since, like 2006 and has never had 10 tds
    Rivers built that dudes career.

  52. alonestartexan says: Mar 8, 2012 7:33 PM

    Finnegan has roots with Jim Schwartz too, Maybe he and V-Jack will end up in Detroit. LoL

  53. sabotage2u says: Mar 8, 2012 8:02 PM

    I love the guys on here who are so ignorant as to why “would VJAX care” where Courtland wants him to play. If you followed the league or read any articles you’d know Courtland & VJax are good buddies, and they have also mentioned wanting their other boy (Tulloch) LB FA from the Lions to join them all on the same team. This is a very real possibility & would be major upgrades for the Bucs if they can make this happen.

  54. againsville says: Mar 8, 2012 8:02 PM

    These guys could care less about championships and winning. Consider this a done deal, the bucs can and will outbid anyone to fill the seats this year. Nice rport Cole

  55. WestCoastVet says: Mar 8, 2012 8:07 PM

    49ers need a WR and (apparently) another CB (not sure if they want a starter or just depth). So this would work out well

  56. trollaikman8 says: Mar 8, 2012 8:28 PM

    Finnegan is recruiting him because Vincent Jackson may be the only or WR who could defend him against Andre Johnson.

  57. raideralex99 says: Mar 8, 2012 8:29 PM

    Finnegan and Vincent Jackson want to get paid the bigs bucks … so I guess that rules out the Bucs.

  58. rollteal says: Mar 8, 2012 9:12 PM

    That’s fine they go there and we get Floyd from SD and robert mitchum up in J’ville.

  59. suhisabeast90 says: Mar 8, 2012 9:47 PM

    Finnegan is going to Detroit……V.Jackson is going to Carolina. Both fill needs and could make the Playoffs a real possibility for both.

  60. shaggytoodle says: Mar 8, 2012 10:24 PM

    Couldn’t this be viewed as Tamparing?

  61. bucwild05 says: Mar 9, 2012 3:46 PM

    Okay, I am in dream world, but, it’s my world and I like it:

    Manning takes over for Freeman, Freeman learns under the Best QB for the next 2 years.

    V. Jackson comes to Tampa because Finny just signed, and they like each other.

    Mario Williams sees the team building up, so he comes to Tampa

    Freeney is traded to Tampa after he begs to go there.

    Hillis converts to FB and becomes Tampa’s next Alstott

    Spruce up the O-line a little bit, and look out.

    Okay, got that off my chest. Wherever Manning goes, it will bring instant success, and make whatever team that signs him, will be huge in the News… The Buccaneers need to fill the stands, that would do it… even though i love Freeman.

  62. smacktalker1 says: Mar 12, 2012 6:02 AM

    Oh, You Wishful Bloggers:

    Just because Tampa Bay may want and need Finnegan and Jackson and have all the “money in the world” that does not mean that it is a done deal. With all due respect for Jason Cole and Yahoo Sports this simply will not be allowed to happen and here are a few reasons why:

    San Diego Chargers GM A.J. Smith and Head Coach Norv Turner, against the wishes of the majority of true San Diego Chargers fans, were retained by owner Dean Spanos;

    Although Vincent Jackson has had his contract squabbles with the Chargers front office and even sat out for a long period of time in the 2010-2011 season he still came back to the team because of the relationships that he has with the players. Even Marcus McNeill under similar circumstances came back to the Chargers with his 6’7” head between his legs;

    As far as going to non-contending teams like Tampa Bay, Minnesota, Chicago, Detroit, St. Louis or Buffalo that also will just not happen;

    Even if St. Louis were to land Peyton Manning and Reggie Wayne it still will not happen;

    The main reason being is that Vincent Jackson wants just like Peyton Manning to play for a team that has a “more likely” chance to not only make the playoffs, but play for a championship;

    As a matter of fact, both A.J. Smith and Norv Turner know that they need to keep Jackson to save their own behinds. Neither Malcolm Floyd nor Vincent Brown have developed into a #1 Receiver and the Chargers chances of landing Reggie Wayne are about the same as then landing Peyton Manning….nil;

    So what this all comes down to fellas is while there are some players that are only after the money I do not believe Jackson to be one of them. Regardless, he was franchised last year, and has plenty to live off of for a while;

    Don’t be surprised to see Finnegan come to San Diego as they need help for Quentin Jammer and Antoine Cason. Don’t be surprised to see Carl Nicks be recruited to replace Chris Dielman at Left Guard;

    And don’t underestimate the pull of having team members that support you as Philip Rivers has done his entire career with Vincent Jackson. Just ask yourselves on question: Does Tampa Bay, Minnesota, Chicago, Detroit, St. Louis or Buffalo have the same quality of quarterback as San Diego? Then you will see the obvious answer that Vincent Jackson is not going anywhere.

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