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Bucs, Bears, Redskins all look poised for a run at Vincent Jackson

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With several wide receivers about to become unrestricted free agents, Vincent Jackson appears to be pulling ahead of the pack in the race to see which one of them can receive the most lucrative offer.

Three teams with plenty of money to spend — the Buccaneers, Bears and Redskins — all reportedly have identified Jackson as a high priority. That has to be wonderful news to Jackson and his agent, considering that the Buccaneers are $42.7 million under the salary cap, the Redskins are $31.1 million under and the Bears are $22.6 million under.

We noted yesterday that the Redskins are willing to break the bank for Jackson, Sean Jensen of the Chicago Sun-Times reports today that the Bears are serious suitors for Jackson but the Buccaneers have the inside track right now.

In other words, three teams with loads of salary cap space are going to try to out-bid each other. It’s good to be Vincent Jackson right now.

It’s also surprising the extent to which Jackson’s baggage doesn’t seem to be an issue. Jackson is 29 years old and already has seven seasons of wear and tear on his body? Doesn’t matter. Jackson was often an unhappy camper in San Diego? Doesn’t matter. Jackson was suspended three games in 2010 after his second drunk driving conviction? Doesn’t matter. Teams are so enamored with his 18.4 yards a catch and nine touchdowns last season that they’re willing to overlook those issues.

So Jackson is about to get paid. With free agency starting at 4 p.m. Eastern tomorrow, Jackson could be ready to sign a lucrative contract at 4:01.

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55 Responses to “Bucs, Bears, Redskins all look poised for a run at Vincent Jackson”
  1. JackLeone says: Mar 12, 2012 10:48 AM

    Not a Bears fan but Vincent Jackson in Washington or Tampa Bay would suck

  2. dd2189 says: Mar 12, 2012 10:50 AM

    Straight cash homie.. Oh wait.

  3. chc4 says: Mar 12, 2012 10:53 AM

    VJax will be way overpaid by someone. Nice player. Not a Fitz/CJ impact guy but someone will pay him like one.

  4. TSizzleBallSoHard says: Mar 12, 2012 10:54 AM

    I don’t see him going to the Bucs. Bears or Redskins I can see, but who would want to go to the Bucs?

  5. mwcarolina says: Mar 12, 2012 10:54 AM

    i see this being the battle between the Bears and Redskins and the winner will offer the best money and he would choose who he felt has a better future at QB. no matter what though Cutler or RG3 would helped alot by Jackson.

  6. tenotnamedmiller says: Mar 12, 2012 10:55 AM

    At some point Bears and Bucs will say meh, skins will again win the offseason and lose the rest of the year.

  7. buffobeel42 says: Mar 12, 2012 10:55 AM

    RGIII to BIG Vincent Jackson, in the DB-depleted NFC East, might be a fun thing to watch!!!

  8. whitecastleisafoodgroup says: Mar 12, 2012 11:00 AM

    But can he play tackle for the Bears? I’d be shocked if they got him.

  9. mialto says: Mar 12, 2012 11:05 AM

    I’m betting the Bears will opt out…the high dollar demand VJAX will have per season is not something they are used to coughing up.

    I’m ok with them targeting other players in FA and Draft.

  10. mpayne12 says: Mar 12, 2012 11:05 AM

    I think the redskins will win this one. They will of course overpay but given the lack of draft picks they now have to make it count in FA

  11. tremoluxman says: Mar 12, 2012 11:07 AM

    As far as paying a dubious Jackson a buttload of money goes, the old saying applies, “A fool and his monkey are soon partners.”

  12. hendawg21 says: Mar 12, 2012 11:10 AM

    All you haters need to quit hatin on the Redskins…the team that takes the field this year will resemble very little of the team of last year defenses will have respect the Offense more now no more easy days with Sexy Rexy playing QB…

  13. notdoingwork says: Mar 12, 2012 11:10 AM

    Bucs got this….

  14. rip4gehrig says: Mar 12, 2012 11:11 AM

    If his decision is based on the QB he may as well stay in SD, RG3 can only run (his mouth included) and cannot pass worth a crap, Cutler is good but not great (just like Rivers). TB is well….TB.

  15. skin94249 says: Mar 12, 2012 11:12 AM

    Don’t do it, the “Frachise QB” is suposed to make everyone better. Look at the most asked question last year…….. what happened to Anthony Armstrong? I submit that Rex and Beck happened to him. McNabb could not throw short therefore only the long ball made since to him. That is not the “West Coast Offense”. With Hankerson, Paul, Robinson, Gaffney, Armstrong, Cooley, Davis, Stallworth, Helu, Hightower, Moss, Austin, Banks, Paulson, Royster, Sellers, and Young, RG3 even Luck should make them all better. Get Grubb, and draft OL. Get Finnegin and draft young safety.

  16. lockoftheweak says: Mar 12, 2012 11:14 AM

    So Jackson’s next-team decision will be driven by money whereas Manning’s next-team decision is based on the best organization. Good luck to both but I like Manning’s thinking.

  17. gcsuk says: Mar 12, 2012 11:14 AM

    buffobeel42 says: Mar 12, 2012 10:55 AM

    RGIII to BIG Vincent Jackson, in the DB-depleted NFC East, might be a fun thing to watch!!!
    ———————————————————————-

    Let’s see if RG3 has the time to get the ball out of his hand, or if VJax can get down the field before the pass rush from those “DB-depleted NFC East” teams can get home.

  18. crp63 says: Mar 12, 2012 11:15 AM

    The guy’s got talent,but comes with more luggage than sampsonite.You could proably sign both Garcon and Manningham with about the same amount of total cash and far less headaches…..

  19. ikey1119 says: Mar 12, 2012 11:15 AM

    ‘Skins need to pick up V-Jax, if they pick him up, the cast of #2 receivers (at best) will be greatly inhanced… Just one guy could open everything up for them

  20. skin94249 says: Mar 12, 2012 11:20 AM

    Futhermore, the OLmen left here should all be back with a renewed purpose that “I” am not going to be the one to let our “60 Million $$ QB” get injured because “I” gave up that sack.

  21. cuda1234 says: Mar 12, 2012 11:23 AM

    I suspect that 18.4 ypc might have something to do with Norv Turner’s offense, Philip Rivers’s arm and Antonio Gates drawing the D to the middle of the field. He may get paid more elsewhere but he won’t find a better situation.

  22. tomsd1 says: Mar 12, 2012 11:26 AM

    Baggage? Jackson has kept his nose clean for over 3 years and teammaes have always liked him in the locker room. Hey – he may be 29 but is still fast – and even when he loses a little speed – at 6’5″ and 230 plus pounds – he will still be causing D Coordinators a lot of nightmares.

  23. boilerup1869 says: Mar 12, 2012 11:26 AM

    If the money was equal everywhere, I would expect the Bears to have the inside track. They’re the only team with a proven quarterback and any real playoff potential out of those three.

    Play for Washington or Tampa Bay? Yuck…

  24. gallopingghost says: Mar 12, 2012 11:27 AM

    Doesn’t matter? Only someone with zero business sense would ever make such a ridiculous statement. Everything matters, it just is weighted appropriately. teams may sign V Jax either way, but it doesn’t mean those issues don’t come into the valuation process.

    Now I don’t know much about Phil Emery, but I can tell you as a Bears fan Jackson’s crybaby pay me then I’ll try hard attitude does not fly with the city of Chicago. Remember how Ced Benson’s diva attitude flew in this town?

    I just hope to God this is just a big smoke screen and the Bears go for a more hard working team first player like Colston (who is better than Jackson). Plaxico is another interesting, cheaper target. Laurent Robinson would be ideal because of his age. The idea should be to sign a younger guy and also draft someone like Hill. You never want to draft a guy to help a position immediately, but if you get a free agent and rookie out there you probably have helped your cause.

    Take that money you would otherwise spend on Jackson, and pay it to Mario Williams. I don’t care what PFT and other irrelevant media sources say, the WR will not make or break the Bears this year. Put Williams on the same line as Peppers and the only team I can see with a better D line out of the gates is the superbowl champs.

  25. boilerup1869 says: Mar 12, 2012 11:28 AM

    As far as paying a dubious Jackson a buttload of money goes, the old saying applies, “A fool and his monkey are soon partners.”

    ——————

    I think the saying goes, “A fool and his money are soon parted.”

    Fool.

  26. alaricsrevenge says: Mar 12, 2012 11:43 AM

    buffobeel42 says:

    RGIII to BIG Vincent Jackson, in the DB-depleted NFC East, might be a fun thing to watch!!!

    ———————————————–

    Yep, N. Asmougah, DRC, A Samuel (for now) P Amukamara, A Ross, T Thomas, C Webster, O Scandrick… how woefully depleted the NFCE is in the CB market.

  27. urlacherbacker says: Mar 12, 2012 11:44 AM

    Enjoy your new team in DC, VJAX. For most of the reasons listed in the second to last paragraph I really dont want Chicago to invest everything in you. Even as bad as the Bears need a receiver I would be willing to watch you walk. Hopefully they can conjure up a good plan B. I guess we will see shortly…

  28. mwcarolina says: Mar 12, 2012 11:45 AM

    Get Grubb, and draft OL
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    trust me, i think Washington spends money on a linemen or two as well and also goes after a corner, though not Finnegan.

  29. zachg10 says: Mar 12, 2012 11:46 AM

    I’ve seen the Skins cap number range from 31-41 million which is it?

  30. gridassassin says: Mar 12, 2012 11:54 AM

    I still can’t believe the Bears drafted third best WR from Oklahoma (Mark Bradley) instead of Vincent Jackson back in the day.

    SOOO glad Jerry Angelo was shown the exits….

  31. armchairqb says: Mar 12, 2012 11:55 AM

    Wow. Some team is about to set a gigantic pile of money on fire.

    Jackson is over. Not even the best pass catcher on the Chargers right now. Not worth anywhere near what he’s about to get paid.

  32. buckeye1nation says: Mar 12, 2012 11:59 AM

    Finnegan is lobbying V-Jax to come to TB with him as a package deal. Two positions the Bucs need to fill. I say the Bucs get it done with these guys and trade down in the draft to someone who wants ti get Blackmon before the Rams do.

  33. skinsrollyou says: Mar 12, 2012 12:02 PM

    Nnamdi is the only good corner on that list tool

  34. devinmr711 says: Mar 12, 2012 12:17 PM

    RG3 to Randy Moss and T.o for dirt cheap leggo

  35. greysolon says: Mar 12, 2012 12:18 PM

    Great receiver, but if he goes to Chicago, Washington, or Tampa he might not be Pro Bowl ever again.

  36. greysolon says: Mar 12, 2012 12:27 PM

    “Jackson is over. Not even the best pass catcher on the Chargers right now. Not worth anywhere near what he’s about to get paid.”

    That’s just uninformed nonsense.

  37. baddegg says: Mar 12, 2012 12:28 PM

    mpayne12 says:Mar 12, 2012 11:05 AM

    I think the redskins will win this one. They will of course overpay but given the lack of draft picks they now have to make it count in FA

    —————–

    I keep hearing the “overpay” comment but honestly, I don’t think that really is the main thing to consider when deciding whether Jackson to the Redskins, Bears or Bucs makes sense for those clubs.

    If paying Jackson $12 million/year can be absorbed within your cap, while still allowing you to obtain the other players you need, then the only downside to the high payment is that it comes out of the owner’s pockets. OK, Redskins fans, raise your hand if you really care whether Snyder is out a few more million dollars or not. (no one raises hand). That’s what I thought. :-)

    The only other possible drawbacks are:

    1. Teams putting themselves in “cap heck”…people have predicted this for the Redskins every year and somehow they are never in cap heck. They have only released players that they have been ok with releasing, based on performance or relationship with the team…not because they simply can’t afford them. Additionally, the Redskins currently have the 6th most cap space of any team. So this is a non issue.

    2. Upsetting team chemistry by having a few overpriced FAs and a lot of underpaid hard working loyal teammates. This is actually more of an issue for teams like the Redskins. So if they do this deal, they just really need to pay attention to how it plays with the rest of the team. If anything, the Redskins’ recent willingness to cut ties with Haynesworth, McNabb, or Portis is a good sign. All of those moves put overall team chemistry ahead of the notion of keeping around a big name player just because you paid them lots of money.

    The context hear is that if VJax produces and the Redskins win, no one is going to complain about his salary. But if fails to produce and still gets the big bucks, that’s when you need a front office willing to cut ties. Again, there is reason to believe the Skins have a better feel for this now than what they did before.

    I think the “overpayment” issue is brought up without thought too much without really any analysis as to what this payment actually means to the team. The fact that the Redskins have swung and missed on FAs in the past is really not a legitimate argument. The question is whether this particular player — VJax — is worth it, not whether McNabb or Adam Archelleta was worth it when they were signed. You have to analyze each move separately.

  38. tomsd1 says: Mar 12, 2012 12:29 PM

    I think the Lord of NO Rings – aka GM AJ Smith – must be writing in here under an assumed name. Jackson is one of the premier WR’s in the league – or don’t you know how to figure out what 18 yards per catch means? He is also very good at YAC – and for you newbies – that’s Yards AFTER catch. The lad is big, strong, fast and can jump – and DB’s just pray he lines up on the other side. :)

  39. mwcarolina says: Mar 12, 2012 12:34 PM

    RG3 to Randy Moss and T.o for dirt cheap leggo
    ——————————————————-
    after what happened with the Eagles, TO will never be in Washington and i dont see Moss there either. if it’s not Jackson look for Colston and Meachem to be chased next.

    and to the guy who said Mario Williams to Chicago, that would be scary! Williams opposite of Peppers.

  40. alaricsrevenge says: Mar 12, 2012 12:46 PM

    skinsrollyou says:
    Mar 12, 2012 12:02 PM
    Nnamdi is the only good corner on that list tool

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    Still way better than anything the Deadskins are going to trot out onto the field this year.

  41. bmeye03 says: Mar 12, 2012 12:47 PM

    @Rip4gehrig

    So RGIII can only run?

    He only completed over 70% of his passes threw for 4300 yards and 37 tds with only 6 picks. He had more td passes than completions through the first couple games of the season. Not saying he is gonna be the next great thing, but he can certainly handle throwing the ball to VJax as well as Rivers did. Touch on the deep ball is one of his strengths which is perfect for VJax.

  42. west4420 says: Mar 12, 2012 12:49 PM

    greysolon says:
    Mar 12, 2012 12:18 PM
    Great receiver, but if he goes to Chicago, Washington, or Tampa he might not be Pro Bowl ever again.

    ————————————————–

    If he goes to Chicago, which he won’t, he would easily top 1100 yards and 8 touchdowns. he will command too much money and the Bears cash is better spent elsewhere.
    Also, he may never be a pro bowler ever again regardless of where he goes.

  43. tomsd1 says: Mar 12, 2012 12:55 PM

    West44 – go back to reading the comics, or about your Cubbies. :)

  44. baddegg says: Mar 12, 2012 1:16 PM

    bmeye03 says:Mar 12, 2012 12:47 PM

    @Rip4gehrig

    So RGIII can only run?

    He only completed over 70% of his passes threw for 4300 yards and 37 tds with only 6 picks. He had more td passes than completions through the first couple games of the season. Not saying he is gonna be the next great thing, but he can certainly handle throwing the ball to VJax as well as Rivers did. Touch on the deep ball is one of his strengths which is perfect for VJax.

    ———-

    seriously, is @Rip4gehrig “boysroll?”

  45. fwippel says: Mar 12, 2012 1:21 PM

    The bad part about making this decision is that none of these teams have solid QB situations.

    Josh Freeman looked great two years ago, and lousy last year. Cutler, if he can stay healthy, is a good, but not great QB. RGIII in Washington sounds great, but every since Dan Snyder bought the club, this team has consistently overspent on numerous bad FA signings. Right now, Washington looks like the place FAs go to fatten their wallet while killing their career.

  46. brewcitybummer says: Mar 12, 2012 1:28 PM

    Hey alaricsrevenge. I think he knew the saying and he was twisting it to call Vincent Jackson a monkey. Hes a clever bigot.

  47. mattsg22 says: Mar 12, 2012 1:32 PM

    What about the damn Vikings? Have you seen their WR lineup? Wake up Mr.Wilf.

  48. boltdaddy says: Mar 12, 2012 1:33 PM

    Of the three teams mentioned the Bears appear the likely choice based upon the following:

    QB who is not a question mark, Cutler is well ahead of the other two, RG3 will need time to get up to speed.

    He needs to have confidence in his QB, he’s on record as saying he’d take a modest San Diego discount. I believe his willingness to discount is based upon the value he places on catching passes from a trusted QB.

    I hate to see him go however GM AJ SAmith has mishandled this to the point of inevitability.

  49. tomsd1 says: Mar 12, 2012 1:44 PM

    Amen BoltDaddy. Finally – someone else who knows football checks in from SD. We will miss VJ BIG TIME, and think we miss the playoffs for the 3rd year in a row, especially if Peyton winds up a Bronco.

  50. c33j says: Mar 12, 2012 1:53 PM

    I really hope the Bears can somehow land v-jax. He will do wonders for J-Cutler. I expect the bears to use the draft to improve the o-line if they get v-jax.

    While the Bears are a notoriously cheap franchise, I wouldnt count them out. Don;t forget the monster Julius Peppers contract 2 years ago. Management understands that this team has a small window to win with the aging defense. Getting V-Jax would instantly make this offense much more potent. The only other holes are O-Line starters, D-line depth, and safeties.

    That said, I believe V-Jax will prefer the bears to the redskins or bucs simply because they are much better right now and are in a position to win and Cutler is an established QB while RG3 is an unknown and Freeman has regressed hugely.

    Get it Done Bears!

  51. east96st says: Mar 12, 2012 2:02 PM

    “RGIII to BIG Vincent Jackson, in the DB-depleted NFC East, might be a fun thing to watch!!!”

    Yeah, nobody in the NFC East is going to win a single post season game until they get that fixed! Oh, wait….

  52. therealsmiley says: Mar 12, 2012 2:04 PM

    alaricsrevenge – Because you’re the best GM in the NFL right? Like you know what you’re talking about.

  53. hodous says: Mar 12, 2012 2:23 PM

    Redskins homers do the most thumbs down.

  54. tropboi11 says: Mar 12, 2012 3:13 PM

    Dont waste all the money on V-Jax Bucs (even thou I wrote on other stories for us to get him), we need to trade back from our draft spot for some extra picks and then go after Mike Wallace

  55. dta1978 says: Mar 12, 2012 6:38 PM

    The bears need to forget about Jackson, he is an overrated headcase that is going to cost 14 to 15 mil a year. They need to pursue Mario Williams to help improve there cover two defense, which needs a good pass rush. Peppers and Williams on the corners will do that. Robert Meachum and Eddie Royal will provide good targets to go with Earl Bennett and Devin Hester with Knox probably not going to be avaliable. Cutler will have Royal back and have a big target in Meachum who the bears sorely lack. They then can use the draft to select best avaliable player in the 1st and 2nd round and use the two 3rd rounders for “need”. This team needs corners and linebackers. Tillman, Briggs, and Urlacher can’t play forever. Management has to finally surrond the core players with more talent.

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