Thursday, April 26, 2018
Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Fennelly: Bucs best served to pass on WR DeSean Jackson

DeSean Jackson is potentially a perfect fit for the Bucs.

He can still stretch a field when called upon.

He can still run past everybody when called upon.

He can catch footballs out of the slot when called upon.

He can still return a kick when called upon.

His winning punt return against the Giants that day still amazes me years later.

Jackson does a lot of amazing things. Or did.

What could go wrong?

Lots of things.

Yes, Bucs coach Dirk Koetter and GM Jason Licht are familiar with Jackson.

But I can't see spending as much as $12 million per season (possible price) for a fly guy at 30.

True, Jackson caught 56 balls last season for just over 1,000 yards and four touchdowns.

But I'm not paying a No. 2 receiver No. 1 money.

I'm looking to complement Evans.

I don't need to spend $12 million per to do that.

Evans is the guy.

Understand, I thought Washington used Jackson right last season. It didn't need him on the field all the time, so he came in fresh and faster, faster than some of the tired defensive backs trying to cover him.

The Bucs need to replace Vincent Jackson, who will probably retire.

Jackson gave the Bucs some very good seasons. But he was spent. And he was 33 when that happened.

DeSean Jackson is 30 and his legs are everything and he's 30.

Something to consider.

I know, I know, the Bucs will take the talent no matter what the age.

Good point.

On the other hand, will Jackson be able to resist being a diva when Evans is getting the sizable majority of the targets?

I suppose that since the Bucs were willing to go five years, $37 million of defensive end William Gholston, and are willing to pay Mike Glennon to be like the NFL's highest paid backup QB — when the dream is that he never gets on the field — maybe $10 million-$12 million for Jackson isn't ludicrous.

Go draft someone. Go find a receiver who's the fastest guy on the field.

I like that better than I like DeSean Jackson.

 

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