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Bucs express conditional interest in DeSean Jackson

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Most of the teams interested in receiver DeSean Jackson (and there are more than seven) won’t discuss DeSean on the record.

The Buccaneers, in a refreshing twist, have opted to talk openly about their potential interest in adding another Jackson to their receiving corps.

“I’ve had a chance to be on the other side of the field and have watched him make a lot of great plays,” coach Lovie Smith said Friday, via Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times.  “He’s a great football player.  Of course, we look at everyone we think can help us win.”

G.M. Jason Licht offered a more cautious assessment.

“He’d have to be the right fit on and off the field,” Licht told Stroud.  “I don’t want to dismiss him right away but we’re looking at a bunch of other players, too.”

It doesn’t sound like the Bucs will be in the hunt for Jackson.  Still, someone who views Jackson as the missing piece of the puzzle will embrace the opportunity to bring him to town.

Based on everything we’ve heard so far, watch the 49ers.  A year after the Seahawks acquired a gamebreaker in Percy Harvin, the 49ers could get one of their own.

And if Jackson plays like he did last year, he could be the difference between first place and second place in the division, which for the NFC West now also means the difference between first place and second place in the conference — and likely in the league.

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40 Responses to “Bucs express conditional interest in DeSean Jackson”
  1. thevikesarebest says: Mar 29, 2014 10:33 AM

    He’s a poor man’s cordarell patterson.

  2. osiris33 says: Mar 29, 2014 10:36 AM

    The 49ers need a lot more than DeShawn Jackson to catch the Seahawks.

  3. ottawabrave91 says: Mar 29, 2014 10:36 AM

    the chiefs are just djax and 2 defensive backs away from closing gap with Broncos. o line is a question mark with right guard and that’s it.

  4. hawksfan3737 says: Mar 29, 2014 10:36 AM

    Would love to see him in Seattle on a 1 year deal. Jackson, Harvin, Lynch, Wilson would be unstoppable

  5. jlinatl says: Mar 29, 2014 10:38 AM

    I think many coaches will have more interest than GMs, at least until Jackson is able to convince someone he is a solid citizen.

  6. bucsbaby says: Mar 29, 2014 10:38 AM

    If we’re keeping Mike Williams who has more trouble in 3 months than Jackson in his entire career.. why not?

  7. wawa33 says: Mar 29, 2014 10:39 AM

    Why doesn’t Arrogant Andy Reid sign him? He is responsible for bringing him into the league and looking past his day to day transgressions which led to this point.

  8. God Waves His Terrible Towel™ says: Mar 29, 2014 10:40 AM

    Your 2014/2015 NFL Champions: The Pittsburgh Steelers!

  9. milkmandanimal says: Mar 29, 2014 10:49 AM

    Bucs don’t have the cap space after the big free agency binge. It’s not like Jackson is exactly going to settle for the veteran minimum.

  10. jam11163 says: Mar 29, 2014 10:51 AM

    The eagles aren’t stupid. There more to this than we know. Let it play out and we will see what was really going on. You don’t just cut a guy for no reason. They would saved money if they did it on June 1st. D. J. Was involved in something bad. Good move philly.

  11. alshonbrandontandem says: Mar 29, 2014 10:55 AM

    DJax, the Bears have ZERO interest in you. However, believe you me you do not want to play for Lovie Smith. You’ve been warned….

  12. tictoccpthook says: Mar 29, 2014 10:55 AM

    The Ravens jailhouse team is a goog fit.

  13. natureboy704 says: Mar 29, 2014 10:56 AM

    So the 49ers and Seahawks are guaranteed the top two spots in the conference?? I remember people saying the same thing last year

  14. qdog112 says: Mar 29, 2014 10:56 AM

    Two Florida teams have made great strides in the off season. Tampa Bay and Jacksonville will be greatly improved.

    As a Panthers’ fan, how ironic would it be for Jackson to land in Carolina’s division? On one side is a team making positive moves and on the other, a team that’s moving backwards.

    Add that to Rivera’s interest in Jackson and Gettleman’s public humiliation of Rivera and you’ve got a situation.

  15. grimreaper12 says: Mar 29, 2014 10:58 AM

    Take a pay cut and play with Tom Brady.
    #GOPATS

  16. desbattle82 says: Mar 29, 2014 10:58 AM

    Not a fan of the seahawks or niners but that guy who thinks there’s a big gap between the niners and seahawks better hope the players and coaches aren’t as smug or they won’t repeat? One great Richard Sherman play was the difference In a home game they won the turnover battle 3-1!

    Neither team has gotten better or worse this off season! That said no worries niners aren’t interested in Jackson and Jackson isn’t interested in a huge pay cut

  17. Barry's Triceps says: Mar 29, 2014 11:05 AM

    Steelers should offer him a 2 year deal. He will then be about to turn 30, we can deal with him for 2 years while he still has elite speed. He is a better all around receiver than Mike Wallace was anyway.

  18. nomoreseasontix says: Mar 29, 2014 11:06 AM

    I think everyone’s interest is conditional.
    The condition being: How cheap? He’s almost radioactive. Gotta be a discount in there somewhere.

  19. jimmy53 says: Mar 29, 2014 11:09 AM

    No thanks! For what it’s worth a TB reporter says sources within the Bucs have been very clear that they have no interest in Jackson.

    I would prefer to have a player whom police have not come out in public and stated that they believe he has ties to criminal activity and the Crips.

    We don’t need Aaron Hernandez part II. The 49ers would be stupid to bring him back to the west coast where his supposed gang ties are.

  20. raiderrich510 says: Mar 29, 2014 11:13 AM

    Niners have no money…..Silver n Black has $$$$$ #DjaxtoOakland

  21. metalhead65 says: Mar 29, 2014 11:16 AM

    yea playing for a man who has no clue what offense is would be the perfect move for a guy with the speed and talent he has. he would go nuts after one game of of the run,run, wide receiver screen on third down offense of Lovie Smith. he better get all the money he wants to put up with that nonsense.

  22. f1restarter says: Mar 29, 2014 11:30 AM

    We know the Packers will never sign this turd. There aren’t any Crips in Green Bay so DeSean just won’t feel comfortable there.

  23. pacodawg says: Mar 29, 2014 11:31 AM

    Hawks fan

    Percy harvin can’t and won’t stay healthy. Don’t factor him into ur wishful thinkng.

  24. handsofsteelhartofstone says: Mar 29, 2014 11:34 AM

    I wouldn’t roster this clown if he paid me

  25. badmoonrison says: Mar 29, 2014 11:37 AM

    Since when has Tampa signed a big name FA that went on to become or at least continue to be a pro bowl player?

    Keyshawn: Was average at best during his time there and ultimately got canned because of his temper.

    Revis: Never lived up to his potential as the best cb in the game, perennially injured.

    Freeman: Decent QB who was vilified by a coach who didn’t know how to handle adversity and ultimately broke his medical confidentiality. Traded for peanuts.

    If you’re a FA, besides the weather would you really want to go to a team with that track record? Not to mention they change coaches more than their jock straps.

  26. shaggyjeff says: Mar 29, 2014 11:46 AM

    Please go to the Raidahs …. Now that would be interesting ! Imagine the black hole turning into a sea of blue ….teams would be very afraid !

  27. GBwomenrhot says: Mar 29, 2014 12:02 PM

    ….and Lovie certainly knows Offense, DOH!!!

  28. truthofthefootballbusiness says: Mar 29, 2014 12:02 PM

    One aspect the police and media haven’t considered:

    First off, I would never want a player with a “Me first” attitude on a team game.

    But second, what if this rich insecure young man, without his father’s guidance (due to his unfortunate death), is being coerced into flashing the gang signs? The gang has two reasons for it.
    1) “Advertisement” for the gang (power and prestige) and
    2) “Look who we can control” (intimidation against the Jackson family and ‘we can get anybody’).

    Just a thought, perhaps DJax is a serious victim here.

  29. richndc says: Mar 29, 2014 12:14 PM

    Rexy wants him because he is a “foot man”.

  30. cjweber5187 says: Mar 29, 2014 12:31 PM

    “”Since when has Tampa signed a big name FA that went on to become or at least continue to be a pro bowl player?

    Keyshawn: Was average at best during his time there and ultimately got canned because of his temper.

    Revis: Never lived up to his potential as the best cb in the game, perennially injured.

    Freeman: Decent QB who was vilified by a coach who didn’t know how to handle adversity and ultimately broke his medical confidentiality. Traded for peanuts.

    If you’re a FA, besides the weather would you really want to go to a team with that track record? Not to mention they change coaches more than their jock straps.””

    Freeman wasn’t a free agent acquisition. The Bucs drafted him. And he was solid until we hired Schitano. I’m surprised he hasn’t gotten a shot yet. He had a garbage game with the Vikes, but it was in an offense that he had no time to learn.

  31. gtskyrider says: Mar 29, 2014 1:25 PM

    Bucs do have cap space…they let a lot of guys go too…it wouldn’t be a bad acquisition.

  32. winstonpark says: Mar 29, 2014 2:12 PM

    “”Since when has Tampa signed a big name FA that went on to become or at least continue to be a pro bowl player?

    Keyshawn: Was average at best during his time there and ultimately got canned because of his temper.

    Revis: Never lived up to his potential as the best cb in the game, perennially injured.

    Freeman: Decent QB who was vilified by a coach who didn’t know how to handle adversity and ultimately broke his medical confidentiality. Traded for peanuts.

    If you’re a FA, besides the weather would you really want to go to a team with that track record? Not to mention they change coaches more than their jock straps.””

    Bucs drafted Josh Freeman, and Keyshawn Johnson helped the Bucs win a Super Bowl.

    Simeon Rice was a pro bowl/all pro/Super Bowl champion.

  33. latenightroach says: Mar 29, 2014 2:16 PM

    Oh I bet they have a conditional interest, as any other team would…A condition to not be an immature me first cancer in the locker room kind of guy.

  34. tjbucs says: Mar 29, 2014 2:28 PM

    He is still an elite talent and the Bucs should certainly pursue him. Lovie could certainly straighten out any off the field problems if they do actually exist which is not proven as of yet. Sign him. Can always cut him. At this point he is certainly a much better option than Mike party time Williams

  35. tjbucs says: Mar 29, 2014 2:32 PM

    Jackson 2 is not quite Jackson Five but I would Love it. Speed and returnability on one side and a catch anything on the other. A win win situation and a big improvement to this lack luster offense for the Bucs. Might be the missing ingredient.

  36. pv1960 says: Mar 29, 2014 5:49 PM

    I’m surprised that fat slob hindenburg REID hasn’t contacted him. Fatboy thinks he is the second coming to Vince Lombardi.

  37. time4complaints says: Mar 29, 2014 6:07 PM

    The NFL is full of players that have criminal records. DeSean Jackson has never been arrested during his 6 year career. Vincent Jackson had been arrested numerous times. Mike Williams has family members trying to kill him. DeSean would be the most solid citizen in that receiving core. This whole gang affiliation story is a smokescreen. DeSean has always been a diva and a baller since day one but Philly doesn’t think he’s worth the remaining compensation under his contract. Most teams would sign him for the right price. Parrish Cox is still in the league for crying out loud. These character issues suddenly become a big issue in the media when a team wants to cut ties with a player that is popular with the fans… What he just started hanging out with the tough guys from his hometown after becoming an Eagle? These are childhood acquaintances. The owner knew all about DJax when the team drafted him and when he received his big payday. It’s all spin…

  38. burgboy82 says: Mar 29, 2014 6:51 PM

    “”Since when has Tampa signed a big name FA that went on to become or at least continue to be a pro bowl player?

    Keyshawn: Was average at best during his time there and ultimately got canned because of his temper.

    Revis: Never lived up to his potential as the best cb in the game, perennially injured.

    Freeman: Decent QB who was vilified by a coach who didn’t know how to handle adversity and ultimately broke his medical confidentiality. Traded for peanuts.

    If you’re a FA, besides the weather would you really want to go to a team with that track record? Not to mention they change coaches more than their jock straps.””

    Here are some Bucs FAs that made the Pro Bowl:

    Hardy Nickerson, Simeon Rice, Jimmie Giles, KEYSHAWN JOHNSON (led the league in catches in 2001, helped them win the SB in 2002, idiot), Brad Johnson, Jeff Garcia, Keenen McCardell, Dave Moore, Donald Penn, Shelton Quarles, Jeff Christy, Vincent Jackson, and yes, even DARRELLE REVIS (was rated as #1 CB by PFF AND made the Pro Bowl while he was absolutely not 100%)

    Learn some football or learn to keep your trap shut.

  39. copiouscaffeine says: Mar 30, 2014 1:44 AM

    Jackson is going wherever the money takes him. He will fit in wherever he goes as well as that team will tolerate a player that taunts opponents and serves up bulletin board mat’l before important games. Seattle would be a pretty good fit.

  40. acurat says: Mar 31, 2014 8:51 AM

    The Bucs did not talk about any of the other players they picked up before in the free agency period. The fact they are talking now about Jackson indicates they will not be picking him up. They don’t have the cap space more in any case – the new regieme spent it all already.

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