Vincent Jackson hears trade talk, but wants to stay in Tampa

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Because the trade deadline is coming up, and because the Buccaneers are in flux, and because Vincent Jackson is 31, it’s reasonable to think he’ll make phones ring.

But the veteran wide receiver said Thursday he wants to stay put, and fix things with the Bucs.

“In this business, those kind of things get talked about quite often. Each and every year, there’s going to be guys moved around to different teams,” Jackson said, via Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times. “I’m not surprised by it. Obviously I appreciate teams’ interest, but I’m happy here in Tampa. I’ve heard nothing here that would suggest I’m going anywhere. I’m going to let that pass on and keep doing my job.”

Jackson leads the team in receptions, and has value despite his contract (two years at $10 million each). But he said he wants to stay and continue to the building project coach Lovie Smith has begun.

“That’s exactly what I want to do here,” Jackson said. “Bringing Lovie (Smith) in and the staff that he’s brought, his mentality and his goals are aligned with mine and a lot of guys in this locker room. I hope for us to start the tradition here of winning football in Tampa Bay and to stay in this uniform and this jersey and help bring that here.”

Now the only question is whether the Bucs think Jackson could be a bigger part of that than whatever pick they’d get in return.

13 responses to “Vincent Jackson hears trade talk, but wants to stay in Tampa

  1. For a third round or higher it might be wise for the Bucs to make a deal and acquire another younger wideout in the offseason, either via draft or free agency.

    For a lower round pick I would just keep the guy, as he still plays hard and produces when called upon. The Bucs are multiple pieces away from contention, so a trade makes the most sense.

  2. Huge NE fan here, and I’ve ALWAYS been a big fan of VJax. Especially as it concerns the Patriots. Before VJax it was Plaxico. Brady is just so accurate and always excelled at putting the ball where only his WR could get to it. Thought he would be dynamite with a guy like this. Having said that…it’s not going to happen. Only those people outside of Gillette think the Patriots need more WRs. They may not have Demaryius Thomas’ but they have more depth than anyone realizes. Lafell, Edelman, Amendola, Dobson and Tyms are all more capable than anyone realizes. Gronk is the superstar and Edelman is the man. Makes no sense to stunt the growth of guys like Tyms and Dobson (and to a lesser degree Gallon and Boyce) to sign a guy like VJax. Especially when they can use that money to resign the likes of Revis and McCourty. The Patriots well continue to round out their roster with solid players like Ayers and Branch. People will continue to hate, and we’ll continue to knock on the door every…single…season…

    Hate away.

  3. Eli would be great for VJAX. Him and OBJ would be a potent tandem. Not happening but fun to think about.

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