Knee injury ends Vincent Jackson’s season

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There’s no next week for injured players on teams out of the playoffs so there’s not much reason to keep them on the 53-man roster for the final game of the season.

Buccaneers wide receiver Vincent Jackson is one of those players and his season officially came to an end on Wednesday. Jackson hasn’t played since Week 14 because of a sprained MCL and reports at the time of the injury were that it would likely keep him out the rest of the way.

Jackson missed three games earlier in the year with another knee injury and ends the year with 33 catches for 543 yards and three touchdowns in 10 games.

Jackson is signed for next season at a base salary of $9.777 million and a cap hit of just over $12.2 million. That could make him a target for an extension or pay cut, although established producers at receiver in Tampa are scarce beyond Jackson and Mike Evans.

The Bucs also placed safety Major Wright on injured reserve. He had 25 tackles in nine games this season. Safety Kimario McFadden and tight end Tevin Westbrook were added to the roster for Sunday’s game.

3 responses to “Knee injury ends Vincent Jackson’s season

  1. Jackson is getting older, and is breaking down….and the Bucs offense was clearly and significantly worse when he was out of the lineup. If the Bucs were up against the cap he’d probably be gone, but they have $50 million+ in space. He’ll be back, unless they wanna overpay Alshon Jeffrey to be injured all the time instead.

  2. VJax is a good guy, and has been a consistent performer, injuries notwithstanding. He’s been a positive influence in the locker room, as well as in the community. I do believe he’s still got a couple years left in the tank; think Tim Brown at the end of his career. If he’s willing, re-work his contract to a more cap friendly deal, and keep him around another year or two. Evans will move into the #1 spot (assuming he gets the drops under control) and you draft a young replacement that VJax and Evans help out. I’d bet he’d be agreeable to that.

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