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Reports out of Chicago say Bucs are favorites for Vincent Jackson

AFC's Jackson of San Diego Chargers runs with the ball as NFC's Peterson of Arizona Cardinals tackles him during their NFL Pro Bowl at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu Reuters

Sean Jensen of the Chicago Sun Times reported late Sunday that the Buccaneers are the favorites to sign free agent Vincent Jackson. Specifically, Jensen said the Bucs have the “inside track.”

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.

Jackson, in case you were wondering, is the No. 3 overall player on PFT’s Hot 100 Free Agency list. Only Peyton Manning and Mario Williams are rated higher.

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53 Responses to “Reports out of Chicago say Bucs are favorites for Vincent Jackson”
  1. harness88 says: Mar 13, 2012 3:54 PM

    That would be stupid on his part.

  2. medtxpack says: Mar 13, 2012 3:55 PM

    Josh Freeman has a better attitude than Jay Cutler anyway.

  3. dmc1542 says: Mar 13, 2012 3:56 PM

    What is, Alvin Harper?

  4. roamingabriel says: Mar 13, 2012 3:56 PM

    Nope, they just traded for Brandon Marshall per Glazer!

  5. rmzthefirst says: Mar 13, 2012 3:56 PM

    Wait I though he was hot on Jacksonville…!

  6. r0b1b0y says: Mar 13, 2012 3:56 PM

    bears trade for marshall per j glazer…so chicago’s reduced interest seems correct

  7. howiehandles says: Mar 13, 2012 3:56 PM

    Bears just got Marshall for two third rounders

  8. urlacherbacker says: Mar 13, 2012 3:57 PM

    #3 on the top 100 list? I guess we will have to settle for #2…

    GO BEARS!

  9. trollhammer20 says: Mar 13, 2012 3:57 PM

    Yesterday, they were favorites to land Mario Williams. Today, it’s Jackson.

    I’d say they are definitely favorites when it comes to having exceptionally optimistic reporters covering their offseason moves…

  10. bucrightoff says: Mar 13, 2012 3:57 PM

    This is tough, cause the Bucs are almost certainly going to have to overpay big time for him. On the other hand, he almost certainly becomes the best wide receiver in franchise history if they can sign him, and he would help Freeman big time.

  11. phillyphever says: Mar 13, 2012 3:57 PM

    Take Chicago out, they just traded for Marshall.

  12. mikeinsanfran says: Mar 13, 2012 3:58 PM

    Bears just acquired Brandon Marshall. Catch up boys catch up

  13. elmustardo says: Mar 13, 2012 3:58 PM

    Nope. The Bears just got B Marshall from Miami. Sounds like the Bucs do have the inside track for VJ.

  14. rollteal says: Mar 13, 2012 3:58 PM

    Oh snap !

  15. zampft says: Mar 13, 2012 3:58 PM

    ULCH what happened to building a team with character, Bucs? Hopefully this guy’s not driving next to me when he decides to have his next DUI.

  16. bigbearincali says: Mar 13, 2012 3:58 PM

    With Colston resigning with the Saints, Jackson will be demanding waaaayyyy too much dough. He’s going to cost about $10-$12 mil per year and I’d rather go spend that money on Mario Williams. He’s 5 years younger than Peppers and we can have them play together for 2 years.

    Peppers will then be 32 and Williams still 29 and we can either cut Peppers or have him restructure his contract. Elite pass rushers aren’t always available

    Bears can draft a good solid receiver in round one if they dont sign Jackson.

  17. tonyromoisterrible says: Mar 13, 2012 3:58 PM

    Well the bears are out of the running since they just got Marshall. Cutler and Marshall together again.

  18. nineroutsider says: Mar 13, 2012 3:58 PM

    Especially since they just traded to 3rds for Marshall out of Miami.

    I would think Peyton would want a big WR, maybe they think he’s going to Denver?

  19. ronniemexico says: Mar 13, 2012 3:59 PM

    VJax and Brandon Marshall… I like the sound of that!

  20. nineroutsider says: Mar 13, 2012 3:59 PM

    Damn…I meant 2 3rd round picks…

  21. 69finfan says: Mar 13, 2012 4:00 PM

    Since Chi Town is in the know on all things NFL what are they “hearing”about Peyton and Miami? Inquiring minds want to know.

  22. lanjoith says: Mar 13, 2012 4:00 PM

    Marshall was just traded to Chicago.

  23. bvolke says: Mar 13, 2012 4:00 PM

    I’ll bet he ends up in Buffalo.

  24. brennankm46 says: Mar 13, 2012 4:01 PM

    No matter, we just got Brandon Marshall for 2 3rds.

  25. rdcameron says: Mar 13, 2012 4:01 PM

    I don’t this will happen now that the Bears just traded for WR Brandon Marshall..

  26. justinnelson71 says: Mar 13, 2012 4:01 PM

    now we know why

  27. pcutler says: Mar 13, 2012 4:02 PM

    Well, I guess Chicago wasn’t interested in Jackson as reports say Brandon Marshall was just traded from Miami to Chicago.

  28. knicks4life says: Mar 13, 2012 4:02 PM

    Next up cortland finnegain and Curtis loft on

  29. n2thaizzo says: Mar 13, 2012 4:05 PM

    How you gonna go from Rivers to Freeman?

  30. baddegg says: Mar 13, 2012 4:06 PM

    “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.”

    But what about protecting the “competitive integrity” of the league?

  31. dadawg77 says: Mar 13, 2012 4:09 PM

    Have to love the timing on this post.

  32. cadan24 says: Mar 13, 2012 4:09 PM

    answered your own question already….marshall to the bears means vjax to the bucs

  33. martylaughlin says: Mar 13, 2012 4:10 PM

    scratch this now…BMARSH BABYY

  34. bucwild05 says: Mar 13, 2012 4:10 PM

    Yay…. Good news for the Bucs. Make it Happen, and how good would it be to get Mario on Defense…. One can only dream…..

  35. jdandcoke says: Mar 13, 2012 4:13 PM

    i thought the skins were getting jackson….oh wait.

  36. reverend5150 says: Mar 13, 2012 4:13 PM

    because the Bears don’t need to over pay his arse…welcome to Chicago Brandon Marshall!!!

  37. dmc1542 says: Mar 13, 2012 4:14 PM

    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.

    ——————————–

    Or it’s because they are getting a DIFFERENT “mecurial” WR today

  38. MedCityBob says: Mar 13, 2012 4:18 PM

    N-o-o-o-o-o-o ! ! Go to a Team with a Quarterback ! ! VJax will never hit 1,000 yards in Tampa ! ! Better to stay put in San Diego ! !

  39. justinwj says: Mar 13, 2012 4:20 PM

    As a Bucs fan I’m pretty damn happy to read this.

  40. scerpico22 says: Mar 13, 2012 4:20 PM

    Ummmm so much for this report…

  41. bucsfan714 says: Mar 13, 2012 4:20 PM

    Oh YEAH!!!!

  42. trollhammer20 says: Mar 13, 2012 4:23 PM

    So they trade for Marshall instead. MASSIVE FAIL on the behalf of reporters.

  43. alstottwastheman says: Mar 13, 2012 4:23 PM

    Come on Glazers, here’s your chance to prove you were serious about spending this year by getting Jackson; and finally give Freeman someone to throw deep to. Then go and get Tolbert or Bush to split carries with Blount.

  44. trollhammer20 says: Mar 13, 2012 4:30 PM

    No, wait. MASSIVE FAIL for reading comprehension by the idiot who disguises his identity with the name “trollhammer20″.

    Carry on.

  45. anythingbutyanks says: Mar 13, 2012 4:30 PM

    I guess maybe they knew something about the Marshall trade?

  46. eaglesfootballfan says: Mar 13, 2012 4:35 PM

    Well the Bears just got Marshall so I think Vincent Jackson will be a Buc.

  47. turbodog1027 says: Mar 13, 2012 4:38 PM

    VJ wont catch 50 balls with TB. Rivers made VJ. Freeman is average at best

  48. rg3isvictory says: Mar 13, 2012 4:41 PM

    You gotta feel for JDandcoke, trolling is as good as it
    Gets for ninny!

  49. lgbarn says: Mar 13, 2012 4:45 PM

    Welcome to Tampa Mr. Jackson…yes I’m calling it before it’s official. Local time 4:45 EST

  50. vegaskid21 says: Mar 13, 2012 4:46 PM

    Reports aren’t always right.

    Signed

    Chip Kelly

    And why is a report coming out of Chicago even relevant to Tampa Bay??

  51. dwntwnbadboy19 says: Mar 13, 2012 4:56 PM

    Freeman is a good qb, stupid comments make me shake my head.. He is stuck with number 2 talent, he does not have 2 top 5 tight ends, he does not even have a damn solid number one WR, Its always miserable Charger fans that post stuff like this, yea because your dumb loser team can not even compete in the AFC West, I personally think VJ would be exactly what Freeman needs, go shed more tears about Brees/Sproles/LT, retard fans

  52. kozmo10 says: Mar 13, 2012 4:58 PM

    Jackson is crazy if he goes to Tampa. Shiano is a bad coach.

  53. dwntwnbadboy19 says: Mar 13, 2012 5:07 PM

    @kozmo10

    Do you just talk out of your ass or do you really mean to prove a point? I have a 8 year old son that could blog better than you, think b4 you think/write dumb stuff

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