Report: Vincent Jackson wants to play in 2017

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Wide receiver Vincent Jackson turned 34 in January and has missed 17 games over the last two seasons, but neither of those facts appear to be giving him pause about continuing his NFL career.

Adam Caplan of ESPN reports that Jackson plans to play in 2017. He will become a free agent next week unless he signs a new contract with the Buccaneers before the start of the new league year.

Neither Buccaneers General Manager Jason Licht nor coach Dirk Koetter ruled out a return when asked about Jackson during their media sessions at the Scouting Combine this week. Licht said that there have been conversations with Jackson and both men praised the player and person Jackson has been during his time with the team.

That said, the Bucs will likely be in the market for a bit more reliability at the receiver spot opposite Mike Evans next season. Jackson hasn’t been particularly productive when he’s been in the lineup in the last two seasons and that makes it difficult to put too many eggs in his basket moving forward.

9 responses to “Report: Vincent Jackson wants to play in 2017

  1. Dude has always been about the money, nothing else. He hit free agency in his prime and rather than signing with a decent team he took top dollar to play for one of the worst teams in the league at the time. Now he wants to get paid one last time… I wouldn’t touch him with a 10 foot pole.

  2. joetoronto says:
    Mar 3, 2017 11:24 AM
    Vincent Jackson wants to collect a pay check.

    Very true. But don’t you? I certainly do. Most players would. It can’t just be about us being pissed he has a high salary.

  3. The numbers on those Buc uniforms really appeals to me.

    -A seven year old child.

  4. He apparently is a great person, active in the community, a real role model. Unfortunately that wont matter much because he is pretty much shot. Unless he can put on 20-30lbs and play tight end.

  5. Vincent Jackson is an extremely high character guy who invests a lot of time and money into the community and in particularly in support of military veterans. This idea that he’s an “all about the money” guy just because he wanted to get paid what he deserved at the time is absurd. You’d be very hard pressed to find a better man to add to your team than Vincent Jackson.

    With that said, Jackson the football player has regressed dramatically due to injury. I wish him the best if he does get picked up by someone, but I really doubt that his body is able to handle the requirements of the game anymore.

  6. Anyone saying Vincent is all about the money doesn’t know him at all. Aside from his many off field community work, the man was the perfect leader in the locker room. He’s the reason Mike Evans became so good.

    He was always…always team first and fans first.

    I hope he comes back to tampa for one more year, because he deserves a run in the playoffs for his troubles, and the Bucs are going to storm the gates this year.

    And unlike the rest of our division…two of which made the superbowl the last two years, the Bucs no how to finish in the big game.

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