Vincent Jackson doing a little free agent recruiting

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The Buccaneers apparently got more than a wide receiver for their millions.

They got a recruiter, too.

Bucs wideout Vincent Jackson said he’s happy to sing the praises of Bucs coach Greg Schiano to anyone who will listen to him at the Pro Bowl, or wherever.

I would tell anyone interested in coming here that this is a top-notch organization and that we have a top-notch structure here and great coaches,” Jackson told Roy Cummings of the Tampa Tribune. “They’ve built a system of family and continuity here, not only within the team itself, but I think they’ve done a good job in the community as well. I couldn’t be more impressed with Coach Schiano and his staff.

“I mean, the way they came in here in one year, being from the collegiate level, and then the way they dealt with us as professionals and how the head coach got his message across and got guys to buy in.

“He did an excellent job of that, and he’s a lot of fun to play for, and he’s a competitive guy, and he’s going to make sure you’re as well prepared as you can possibly be.”

That’s great, for Jackson.

But not everyone in Tampa seems to be as thrilled with Schiano’s style, and not everyone is going to get a five-year, $55 million contract like Jackson did, which might hamper his sales pitch.

19 responses to “Vincent Jackson doing a little free agent recruiting

  1. fuglyflorio says: Jan 25, 2013 12:16 PM

    I thought you had to wait till a certain date before this recruting stuff could happen?
    Players can recruit whenever they want. No restrictions on them.

  2. Way to end the story with an irrelevant and unneccessary dig at Tampa. It was never revealed if the “coaches need to go back to college” line was about Schiano or an assistant. Most likely was referring to an assistant. Also, not everyone is going to like the head coach, and every team has some bad apples that need to be weeded out. I predict the “coaches need to go back to college” guy will not be a Buccaneer next season. Go Bucs!

  3. He would be better serving the team if he recruited fans to put their fannies in the seats on game day. I live in the area and cannot remember when a last home game was sold out. Not even Atlanta could stop the TV blackout!!

    That’s it buddy–take the money and run!!!!!

  4. noring4youstill says: Jan 25, 2013 12:38 PM

    You already informed us of this. But with the overpaying of him and Nicks where’s the money?



    72 receptions
    1,384 Yards
    19.2 average
    8 tds

    not bad on a year that Josh Freeman regressed…

  5. Bucs are still $30 million under the cap right now. That’s what good cap management gets you.

    Good Cap management? More like during the lockout everybody was paying attention to Dallas and Washington unloading dead money but since Tampa is irrelevant they slide by

  6. rectumdamnnearkilledem says: Jan 25, 2013 12:37 PM

    Never heard him say anything positive about the coaches in San Diego


    That’s because San Diego paid him what he’s actually worth, not what his ego thinks he’s worth.

  7. tdk24 says:
    Jan 25, 2013 1:26 PM
    “I would tell anyone interested in coming here..,”
    Stop right there Vincent, nobody is interested

    You’re right “tdk24″…why would anyone want to come play in Tampa?

    Ok, maybe they do havemillions in cap space to spend this year, but so what…and who cares that the Bucs are young and talented at the skill positions…and big deal that many in the NFL rate Raymond James Stadium as one of the best playing fields in football…and “so what” about that state of the art practice facility that’s one of the best in the league….I’m sure no potential FA’s care that Florida has no state income tax….or that the weather in Tampa is beautiful in the fall and winter….or that luxury custom homes with lavish swimming pools are a fraction of what they would cost in NY, CA or other northern states…and I doubt any Free Agent would ever consider living near beautiful beaches, or being able to take his kids to Disney World, just an hour down the road.

    You’re right

  8. The Buccaneers have done good things this season. This was the first time EVER they had a 4,000 yard QB, A 1,000 yard WR , and a 1,000 yard RB. Freeman did regress as the season went on and proved he is not the franchise QB they want him to be. Coach Schiano has already stated that he is looking to bring in competition for the starting QB role. As far as selling out goes, the throwback game was sold out and televised this year. More games would sell out if the majority of fans in Tampa weren’t fair weather fans. There’s no loyalty here. Us die hard fans are still going win or lose.

  9. ccjcsr says:
    Jan 25, 2013 2:30 PM
    Bucs are still $30 million under the cap right now. That’s what good cap management gets you.

    Good Cap management? More like during the lockout everybody was paying attention to Dallas and Washington unloading dead money but since Tampa is irrelevant they slide by

    CCJCSR you are totally correct………Dallas and Washington got what they got but other teams like Bucs and Jags way under spent yet there was no penalty for them

  10. Tampa should trade for Matt Schaub to compete with Josh Freeman. The competition will motivate Freeman to either improve and keep Schaub as the backup or Schaub will become the starter while Tampa moves on from Freeman and they find a quarterback of the future.
    With 30 million dollars in cap space in free agency upgrades, trading your 1st and 4th round picks in the 2013 NFL draft plus a 2nd in the 2014 NFL draft would be well worth it.
    Make the move Bucs.

  11. CubanCigar10, if you paid attention instead of talking out your rear you would knw the Bucs sold out games last season.

    pjlva, if you knew anything at all you would know that the Bucs reworked the fontracts of both Nicks and Jackson a few weeks ago, therebye freeing up the cap room.

    And the socalled Bucs fans that claim Freeman is not a franchise QB are ignorant. The man set multiple records this year. So he had a bed ending to the season…the ENTIRE TEAM DID. He was playing with a depleted oline that couldn’t protect him.

    His passer rating overall was bad…but when the oline did well it was over 90%. THAT’S what you fail to grasp. People like you are the reason the QB Curse started for Tampa.

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