Bucs OC to DeSean Jackson: We gave you the money, you need to be great

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When players sign with new teams as free agents, there is often a moment when they are asked why they opted to join up with the club.

The reasons cited can run the gamut from teammates to coaches to scheme, but those decisions usually have money as a motivating factor. Football players have a limited window to earn big money and free agency at a prime age is a good way to maximize those earnings, something wide receiver DeSean Jackson learned this offseason.

Jackson signed a three-year deal with the Buccaneers worth up to $33.5 million, which offensive coordinator Todd Monken says is the reason why Jackson is in Tampa. And he says he’s made it clear to Jackson what the team expects for their money.

“I’ve told him that we have paid you a hell of a lot of money to be a damn good player,” Monken said, via the Tampa Bay Times. “We’re not paying you a lot of money, this is a contract where we’re paying you for what you’ve done for us . . . we’re not paying like [Derek] Jeter the last three years . . . we don’t have any old street cred that we’re paying you. No. We need you to be a great player now. Okay? That’s why we gave you the money. You came here because of the money. Don’t give me all that bull about you came here because of the weather and Jameis. No. You came here because we paid you the most. You need to play like that. He gets that. He’s smart enough to understand that.”

On paper, pairing Jackson with Mike Evans was a major upgrade even before the Bucs added tight end O.J. Howard in the first round of the draft. The abilities of the three men and the different ways they manifest on the field look like a recipe for offensive success. That comes at a price, but it’s one the team will be happy to pay if the results are as expected.

42 responses to “Bucs OC to DeSean Jackson: We gave you the money, you need to be great

  1. You have to love the message from the Bucs OC. It should be directed at all the players – earn your money. Be great.

  2. Desean hasn’t had a full season in……3 years? When he is on, he is amazing. When he isn’t. he does dumb stuff like not try hard for the end zone, get mystery injuries, take games off.

    good luck with that!

  3. As a close friend of the organization there is a slim chance that these two injury prone weapons and a rookie TE will amount to what this article speculates

  4. Kudos to Coach Monken for laying it out there publicly and holding the player accountable. That is a lot of cash for a player on the back-nine of his career. The public kick in the pants hopefully is a motivator. Too many times these guys get the big payday and then perform like bums on the field.

  5. yeah, desean has always been known as a guy who takes kindly to this kind of coaching. always shown himself to be a team first guy. it you don’t believe me, ask little chipper…..

  6. Hence why he’s a loser. The Pats were looking at him, but he ran down to TB to be a loser.


    Some people just are not winners or don’t even try to be.

  7. “He gets that. He’s smart enough to understand that.”

    This sounds like an insult to me. Desean might not be smart but he is smart enough to get why he is here. Probably not the best way to light a fire under your guy.

  8. Wow, what inspiring words from the OC. Sounds like a guy you would run through a wall for.

    Why do you guys even write articles about the teams in Florida?

  9. Uhh, we have the OC already trying to put DeSean Jackson in his place so early? When do you think he’ll go full T.O. mode? I’m guessing no later than week 8 or so? Monken better be worth the money the Bucs paid Southern Miss for HIS services.

  10. “We need you to be a great player now. Okay? ” Then they both looked at each other and bust out laughing, because they remembered they were talking about DeSean Jackson. The guy that plays smaller than his size in big games. Breath on him at the line and his route is ruined.

  11. I hope he works out for the Bucs, he was a great receiver for the Redskins (when healthy). That said, I just don’t know that that sort of “motivation” works for him. DeSean marches to the beat of his own drum.

    He already believes he’s “great,” and I’m sure won’t go crazy trying to prove it to them in the off season. This is the same guy that gave up $250,000 last season because he chose not to attend a 3-day workout during the summer (would have required a cross-country flight from his home in CA).

  12. Then he added “If you drop the ball before crossing the goal line I will kick your…”

  13. And while he’s at it, we expect him to block like nobody’s business, so our offence isn’t one-dimensional when he is on the field.

    -Signed the most delusional human being on this planet.

  14. DJax has 20 million guaranteed reasons to continue doing things his way. And that will include producing the most 40 plus yard plays in the league. Always does. But he still is not a great player by any meaningful metric. He’s a weapon who mostly draws the defense back on their heels for everyone else to be more effective.

    If the Bucs OC doesn’t realize that then Tampa has bigger problems than expecting Jackson to be great.

  15. NFL teams act like the contracts they hand out is fully guaranteed. If Jackson isn’t performing to your liking just cut him and void the rest of the contract. No other major pro team can do that so I don’t know why the OC is even comparing Jackson’s case to Jeter’s.

  16. Jackson is unbearable unless he’s catching long TD passes. Which is only possible in about 8 games a season, when he’s not injured and interested in playing. Electric player, but a headache.

  17. I get his point, but the comments are…odd. They quite literally are paying him based on the “street cred” he’s built in his career. That’s illustrated by the fact he’ll get $millions whether or not he catches 1 pass or 200 in TB.

  18. If I were Jackson I would have a problem with anyone other than the owner talking to me about (my) money.

    I would remind the O.C. that I was a professional, that I’ve been in the league a long time and as a professional, I know what I need to do.

    With that being said, I would also remind the O.C. that (he) didn’t “pay me” anything, the owner did and not for him to worry about (my) money.

    The O.C. (in my opinion) was and is out of line.

  19. These type of antics don’t motivate professional athletes like DJ. If he’s all about the money, he will be money motivated. So what are the incentives in his deal? Also, I’m sure DJ will end up not liking this guy or the offensive scheme if he doesn’t have success early and often. I suspect problems in Tampa.

  20. Speed on a wide receiver is overrated. Give me excellent route runners like Patriots receivers over speedsters any day of the week and twice on Sunday.

  21. patsfan4lifesbchamps says:
    May 19, 2017 11:26 AM
    Speed on a wide receiver is overrated. Give me excellent route runners like Patriots receivers over speedsters any day of the week and twice on Sunday.


    Your comment has some merit, but keep in mind that having even just one receiver that can “knock the top off the defense” forces safeties, corners and even linebackers to play back more. It opens up things for the entire offense.

    I, too, would choose excellent route running over speed, but having one speed guy who can also run routes helps the offense a LOT.

  22. the three yr deal is actually a two year deal with a team option for the third at 10 mil. dead cap hit to cut him this year 20 mil; next year 7.5 mil. of the 11 mil. he is due. so he’s going nowhere for two years, unless the bucs are crazy.

  23. DJax is a washed up has been who never lived up to his potential because of his narcissistic personality. Plus, his nickname should be “Glass Joe’.

    I cant believe the Bucs spent that kind of money on a 31 y.o. guy who hasnt done squat in this league in years. Whats their problem???

  24. Who wants to take odds that Jackson will play 16 games this year without nagging injuries that will keep him sidelined for up to half of the schedule? He’s a pulled hamstring waiting to happen.

  25. “We need you to be a great player now”.

    Mr Monken, it won’t happen. As Jack Ham used to say, “greatness needs no self-promotion”. Jackson is one of the biggest self-promoters in the game, has NEVER been great, and never will be, because he isn’t a team player. He has, is, and always will be about himself. No wonder he followed the paycheck, because it is what he has ALWAYS done. It has always been him first, the team second, and it will always be that way for Jackson.

    Jackson gets severe alligator arms over the middle, doesn’t run great routes, and is (and always has been) a one-trick pony. The problem is, that one trick of his isn’t a very good one at all anymore.

    Outbursts and missing team meetings is why Philly cut him. You have to be elite not to get cut after acting like a punk and missing meetings. Jackson isn’t elite, and never will be elite. Mr Monken, the Bucs have only themselves to blame for paying Jackson that much money, only to watch him under-perform and continue to act like the punk he has always been.

  26. D Jax is going to have his best season ever. He is playing with an upcoming QB with a live arm, and he isn’t event the #1 WR thread. D Jax won’t get the double, and he won’t get the #1 cover guy. I predict D Jax puts up at least 1200 yards, and 10 TDs. Tampa as a team goes 12-4 and wins the NFC South

  27. Easily injured and on the downside of his career. Hit him in the mouth and he wilts so good luck with getting him in half of the games this season at the most!

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