DeSean Jackson makes $23.5 million over two years

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At the Scouting Combine, Buccaneers G.M. Jason Licht told PFT Live that the team needs playmakers. They got one, right out of the gates.

The contract with receiver DeSean Jackson has been announced. And the Buccaneers are happy.

A three-year, $35 million deal, a source with knowledge of the contract tells PFT that Jackson will make $23.5 million over the first two years. That’s important because, come 2019, the Bucs may not be able to justify paying both Jackson and Mike Evans No. 1 receiver money.

Regardless, with $20 million fully guaranteed at signing, Jackson most likely will have at least two years in Tampa. And the Bucs are happy about it.

“It is rare to find a player in free agency with the combination of speed and natural playmaking ability of a DeSean Jackson,” G.M. Jason Licht said, via the team’s website. “DeSean is a smart, gifted athlete who has averaged more than 17 yards per reception throughout his nine-year career and he brings the type of veteran experience and deep threat receiving ability that will have an immediate impact on our offense.”

“DeSean is exactly the type of dynamic playmaker we have been targeting for our offense,” coach Dirk Koetter said. “Desean brings a veteran presence and a big-play mentality that fits in perfectly with our offensive philosophy. He is a tough-minded competitor who has the game-breaking speed and pass-catching ability that stretches the defense and creates matchup problems.”

A second-round pick in 2008, Jackson has played for the Eagles and Washington. And he consistently has been an exciting difference maker throughout his career.

9 responses to “DeSean Jackson makes $23.5 million over two years

  1. Yeah he’ll hit a home run here and there, but not an over the middle possession WR by any means. Hope the Bucs realized this when they signed him.

    He’ll be skipping your OTAs, will take a fine to skip minicamp, pull a hammy to miss training camp, will miss practice every single Wednesday and Thursday during the season due to “injury”, runs half-assed routes when his number is not called, and mysteriously disappears for 3-4 games at a clip. This guy could be really great if he wanted to be. We’ll never know.

  2. Great player, but at best he will be on the field 12 games and be able to play 100% in 10 of them. Still has blazing speed and great hands, can adjust to under-thrown balls – he will make plays in Tampa.

  3. The thing people seem to forget is the Bucs arent asking for Jackson to run up the middle or be a possession guy, thats what Mike Evans, Cam Brate and really every other wideout on our roster is. The biggest thing for Tampa was finding someone who can stretch the field and take people off of Evans and Brate. Im excited for it, dont get me wrong tho I still hope the Bucs take a wideout in this draft

  4. And he has lost a step – he was exposed last year even as Cousins was overthrowing him when in prior years that never happened.

  5. Overpaid but good for him. I’ll be surprised if he lives up to that contract but he’ll be a good fit with Evans on the other side and Winston throwing deep.

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