Dan Pompei, who works for the competing Chicago Tribune, wrote on Twitter Tuesday that he’s “hearing” the same thing.
The Bears are also expected to be in the hunt for Jackson. The fact that two reporters from the town of the team against which the Buccaneers will compete for this year’s top free agent receiver are saying Tampa is the favorite could hint at two scenarios:
1.) The Bears are not as serious about Jackson as we’ve been led to believe.
2.) Jackson’s agents are instilling some urgency in Chicago, attempting to drive up the Bears’ offer.
There aren’t supposed to be any “offers” before the official start of free agency, of course, but we know better. Tampering is prevalent in the NFL.