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Bucs bag Vincent Jackson

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As expected, the Buccaneers have agreed to terms with receiver Vincent Jackson, according to a source with knowledge of the deal.

It’s a five-year deal worth a grand total of $55,555,555.  (I just realized that’s ocho cincos.)

He gets $26 million fully guaranteed, via a $2 million roster bonus in 2012 and a fully-guaranteed $11 million base salary in 2012.  For 2013, he gets a $13 million base salary, fully guaranteed.

The last three years aren’t fully guaranteed, with a $10 million base salary in 2014, a base salary of $9,777,777 in 2015, and a base salary of $9,777,778 in 2016.

And so Jackson will get an average of $13 million over the next two years.  The Chargers could have kept him in 2012 for $13.7 million.

That said, it’s a lot of money for a 29-year-old receiver.  And if he doesn’t have a pair of big seasons, the $10 million due in 2014 may never be paid.

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75 Responses to “Bucs bag Vincent Jackson”
  1. bucrightoff says: Mar 13, 2012 8:31 PM

    We’re not cheap anymore! Yay!

  2. georgebrett says: Mar 13, 2012 8:31 PM

    Damn I’m glad he’s out of the West

  3. pacodawg says: Mar 13, 2012 8:31 PM

    That’s why there the Bucs. Think u can throw money at 1 player out of 45 and think this is how u build a team. Losersof 11 games in a row last year. They will contend when VJ is 35……..maybe.

  4. bigpantherfan says: Mar 13, 2012 8:31 PM

    Sad day for panther fans who were hoping we would land him with cam newton

  5. bvolke says: Mar 13, 2012 8:31 PM

    55 mil?? For Vincent Jackson?? Really?

  6. bobfultz says: Mar 13, 2012 8:31 PM

    Good addition for the Bucs.

  7. dspears06 says: Mar 13, 2012 8:32 PM

    i think he could have gotten 55,555,556 elsewhere

  8. bigbuccss says: Mar 13, 2012 8:32 PM

    thats only a 11 mil year, pretty good deal considering what garcon got, wooooo go bucs

  9. tfbuckfutter says: Mar 13, 2012 8:32 PM


    Biggest free agent WR signing in Tampa since Alvin Harper or Bert Emanuel.

    Good luck this time though.

    (Pretty sure Galloway and Keyshawn were both trades)

  10. chap6869 says: Mar 13, 2012 8:32 PM

    Wow, I liked Jackson but at 11 mil a year avg? What will Calvin Johnsons contract look like after this!

  11. baous says: Mar 13, 2012 8:33 PM

    Daniel Snyder thinks Vincent Jackson is underpaid.

  12. miller2012 says: Mar 13, 2012 8:33 PM

    2013 stats for v jackson
    55 rep

  13. lolb23 says: Mar 13, 2012 8:33 PM

    New Wide ReceiveAAAAARHH!

  14. LoCoSu@%s says: Mar 13, 2012 8:33 PM

    Good for them.
    It’s easy to buy the ingredients.
    The cooking part is harder (looking at you too Washington)

  15. buckeye1nation says: Mar 13, 2012 8:33 PM

    Welcome to Tampa V-Jax!!

  16. berniesboys says: Mar 13, 2012 8:34 PM

    Bucs still have a loooong way to go…

  17. snikerbotloot says: Mar 13, 2012 8:35 PM

    That’s a lot of cheese for a WR that never topped 9 TD’s in a season with an elite QB throwing to him.

  18. bucnbutfan says: Mar 13, 2012 8:35 PM

    Only the Beginning! Some one else had it right, VJ day in Tampa Bay. Read it and Weep.

  19. peytonsneck18 says: Mar 13, 2012 8:35 PM

    Bad move for Vincent, should’ve stayed wth strong armed Rivers, he will get exposed in TB! !!

  20. sledgehorn says: Mar 13, 2012 8:35 PM

    Honestly, that’s pretty cheap. I was totally expecting the un-real 12M a year or something…

  21. tramonisland says: Mar 13, 2012 8:35 PM

    sure am glad he didn’t go to chicago.

    -packer fan

  22. patriotswin says: Mar 13, 2012 8:35 PM

    why with the numbers? make it an even 55.5 mill!!!

  23. peternorth1 says: Mar 13, 2012 8:35 PM

    I hope will all that money he will hire a driver.

  24. adk1j2 says: Mar 13, 2012 8:36 PM

    Now Courtland will want to come here even more and Nicks is all but signed!!! Lets go BUCS!!!!

  25. nflfollower says: Mar 13, 2012 8:36 PM

    For Vincent Jackson? ….he’s almost past his prime already. Seems like a lot, but they covered their bases by making the last 3 years not fully guaranteed I suppose. They must feel they gotta be aggressive to try and build Josh Freeman’s confidence after he fell off the map last year.

  26. jackntorres says: Mar 13, 2012 8:36 PM

    Marques Colston
    449 catches 6240 yards 13.9 yards/catch 48 touchdowns in 6 years

    Vincent Jackson
    272 catches 4754 yards 17.5 yards/catch 37 touchdowns in 7 years

    Yet Colston is #18 on the Top 100 here while Jackson is #3. I smell non sequitur.

  27. nyyjetsknicks says: Mar 13, 2012 8:36 PM

    Bye bye fantasy value.

  28. war27 says: Mar 13, 2012 8:36 PM

    Who is going to throw the ball to him?

  29. nineroutsider says: Mar 13, 2012 8:36 PM

    So Mike Williams falls to #2 and Free needs to step up! The Bucs need to spend some more cheese, but not a bad start. Better hope he doesn’t get injured too long…he’s an old 29 in my book.

  30. njbucsfan says: Mar 13, 2012 8:37 PM


  31. bucfaninil says: Mar 13, 2012 8:37 PM

    AWESOME!! Finally Freeman has a legit weapon!

  32. chadgoy says: Mar 13, 2012 8:37 PM

    Perfect. Takes him out of the AFC West. Here’s to hopin the Broncos not getting Manning (with a heartbroken Tebow), the Chargers not getting any OL and the Chiefs getting injured. GO RAIDERS

  33. Steve says: Mar 13, 2012 8:38 PM

    Percentage of plays he takes off: 55%

    Blood alcohol level at last DUI: .55

    Number of INT’s his new QB threw last year: 55

    Percentage chance Phil Rivers misses this guy: 555%

  34. eaglesfootballfan says: Mar 13, 2012 8:38 PM

    Very good move by the Bucs to get Vincent Jackson. Josh Freeman now has a big target to throw to now.

  35. packersareandwillalwaysbebetterthanthebears says: Mar 13, 2012 8:39 PM

    Now if Josh Freeman can’t do anything with that and Williams, there’s a big problem.

  36. tropboi11 says: Mar 13, 2012 8:40 PM

    Welcome to Tampa V-Jax

  37. We'reFineThere says: Mar 13, 2012 8:41 PM

    29 is not old for a receiver

  38. flavordave says: Mar 13, 2012 8:41 PM

    Im not sure how others percieve him but Ive always viewed VJax as a decent reciever that follows 2 bad games with one monster game then follows that with another 2 bad games. Hes always questionable with minor injuries and has that ” Just want to get paid” vibe to him. He just doesnt come across as a great receiver to me. Just good.

  39. demgoodoleboys says: Mar 13, 2012 8:41 PM

    Wow!! Way to go chargers!!!

  40. gotampabay52 says: Mar 13, 2012 8:41 PM

    Hell yeah best Bucs Wr now catch the dam ball VJack is a Buc

  41. Xenu D. Alien says: Mar 13, 2012 8:41 PM

    Sweet, now Mike Williams won’t face constant double coverage anymore.

  42. backstageatapuppetshow says: Mar 13, 2012 8:42 PM

    “Money is a tool used to create the illusion of power”

  43. WestCoastVet says: Mar 13, 2012 8:44 PM


    Colston has also had apparently 5 concussions. That was probably a big factor.

  44. footballfan292 says: Mar 13, 2012 8:44 PM

    Surprised it wasnt more since rumor was SD was planning to offer $11 million a year.

    Big addition to the team. Glazers trying to send a message to the fan base that they are serious about winning again. Not only does this help the Bucs on the field but will help sell tickets again.

  45. whatthabucs says: Mar 13, 2012 8:45 PM

    wow…so many haters…”who is going to throw him the ball…” Bucs lead the league in drop balls in 2011 so a bunch of the problems Freeman had was his receivers. Freeman did make the 100 best players voted by players just the previous year.

  46. imjustsayingthatsall says: Mar 13, 2012 8:45 PM

    Too bad Josh Freeman isn’t Phillip Rivers.

  47. jjs20002 says: Mar 13, 2012 8:45 PM

    Finally came off the wallets!!

  48. hayesair says: Mar 13, 2012 8:45 PM

    Absolutely love it! Now we need Nicks to shore up the line and the Pewter Offense gets a major boost! GO BUCS!!

  49. jackkilburg says: Mar 13, 2012 8:46 PM

    That being said… are you kidding! The bucs killed this one. When he slows down in 4 years make him a TE. The man is is a beast and worth every damn 5

  50. bucfansouthtampa says: Mar 13, 2012 8:47 PM

    Welcome to Tampa Mr Jackson. Run your routes, make touchdowns, murder the ‘Taints and Dirty Birds; and stay away from Aqib Talib (until he is thrown in prison) and you will do fine. Oh, and keep away from 717 on South Howard. Thats Raheem’s old hangout.

  51. chargerdillon says: Mar 13, 2012 8:50 PM

    As a Charger fan and San Diego native, I can’t for the life of me comprehend what game AJ Smith is playing with this team. He is leaving holes everywhere in this roster that no single great draft can fix, nor does it seem he’s going after any real free agents.

    I’ve long since felt the Chargers were leaving for LA. Maybe they’re gutting the roster to avoid costs in a move and tanking the season. They’ll justify it by the contracts given to Gates, Rivers, and Weddle. Meanwhile the rest of the team is a cheap scrubfest. I hope Peyton comes to Denver, I think they can win a superbowl right now. Go AFC West from your new bitch… Chargerfan!

  52. pacodawg says: Mar 13, 2012 8:53 PM

    Maybe Gary Anderson will come out of retirement and give them a running game

  53. jcdavey2011 says: Mar 13, 2012 8:57 PM

    he should have taken less to go to a real team, like NE or the giants

    now he’s shown what everyone knew, he’s only out for the payday

    this is why high priced FA winners fail

    because they’re usually just about the money, no team chemistry at all

  54. 7to10for6allday says: Mar 13, 2012 8:58 PM

    Money wasted….bucs still the third best team in that division….they’ll cut him after 2 seasons after guarantees are up.

  55. jameslongstaffe says: Mar 13, 2012 9:00 PM

    Good luck Vincent Jackson:) I wish you could have taken less to stay with the Chargers, but understand… I just hope that you don’t miss out on a Super Bowl.

  56. bucforever says: Mar 13, 2012 9:01 PM

    I knew we would have to overpay for any talent for this team. Nobody really wants to come here.

  57. dspyank2k11 says: Mar 13, 2012 9:04 PM

    What people fail to understand is that some teams overpay but if that player works out for that team and gets them a step closer who gives a rip about how much they are making.

    Good on the Bucs.

  58. gorilladik81 says: Mar 13, 2012 9:07 PM

    Historically the Bucs offense has not been that great, and with a new HC with no NFL experience, this move will end up being a bust, plus this guy has Saran wrap for hamstrings will miss 3-5 games a year.

  59. petedutcher says: Mar 13, 2012 9:12 PM

    29 is not old for a WR. Galloway was older in Tampa and had 3 thousand yard seasons.

    Freeman is a great QB…and for the guy asking who will throw deep to him, you clearly don’t know anything about Freeman.

    But this signing was not just about Freeman. It was for Sullivan too.

  60. maatopdogg32 says: Mar 13, 2012 9:25 PM

    Does VJax really think Tampa of all places is going to beat NO or Atlanta in that division. No worth the $$$

  61. ftblfan9 says: Mar 13, 2012 9:25 PM

    5 wins.

    5th round fantasy pick.

  62. captaincanuck84 says: Mar 13, 2012 9:29 PM

    Huge pickup by the bucs. The vertical threat we have been missing, bucs are gonna roll in 2012

  63. 6250claimer says: Mar 13, 2012 9:37 PM

    People thought the Cards were nuts when they laid the big money contract on Larry Fitz as his rookie deal was expiring. He played up to it and then some. Then they did it again, and even more people winced, and thought the money was insane. With VD now getting the money he signed for today, Fitz just officially became the biggest bargain in the entire league. Well played, Mr. Bidwill. Horrendous gaffe, Mr. Glazer. Hindsight will be 20/20 – this is a massive mistake by the Bucs.

  64. slickster35 says: Mar 13, 2012 9:43 PM

    Now Bowe is undeniably the best in the West, although he probably already was anyway.

  65. kylemc1986 says: Mar 13, 2012 9:45 PM

    Garcon Morgan Royal > Jackson

  66. realfootballfan says: Mar 13, 2012 9:48 PM

    Really? This guy’s never even had 60 catches in a season has he? Not to mention he’s one bender away from being out of the league and is almost 30 years old.

    Alvin Harper 2.0. God, the Bucs are a stupid organization.

  67. pdxpanther says: Mar 13, 2012 9:58 PM

    I have this eerie feeling this will be a Javon Walker type of deal.

  68. tpa43 says: Mar 13, 2012 10:17 PM

    Sweet! Finally the Bucs have an average WR!

  69. chrisdacommish says: Mar 13, 2012 10:18 PM

    Dont forget, no state tax in FL….go bucs !

  70. boltschick says: Mar 13, 2012 10:21 PM

    Very sad day for Boltschick. He was my favorite Charger.

    Good luck V-Jax, thanks for the memories.

  71. tpa43 says: Mar 14, 2012 12:11 AM

    Jackson is totally good enough to be the number one wide receiver on a couple NFL teams! Good thing we got him!

  72. tpa43 says: Mar 14, 2012 12:14 AM

    What is this?

  73. adk1j2 says: Mar 14, 2012 12:37 AM


    So none of our other receivers count but all of yours do?? Have fun with 3 average players and we will be good with VJ, Mike Will, and more than enough slot players (Benn, Parker, Brisco, ect…)

  74. georgebrett says: Mar 14, 2012 2:43 AM

    The IRS changed that rule many years ago.

  75. tuffrasta says: Mar 14, 2012 9:03 AM

    It is amazing to me that there are so many haters out there for the PFT #3 Free Agent, especially when #1 and #2 are Peyton Manning and Mario Williams respectively. Should the Bucs just pass on free agency like in the past 10 years and rely on the draft for WR help?…that formula will only get you a winning record every two years or so at best.

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