Dec 21, 2014; Tampa, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Vincent Jackson (83) runs with the ball as Green Bay Packers cornerback Tramon Williams (38) defends during the second half at Raymond James Stadium. Green Bay Packers defeated the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 20-3. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
Despite numerous reports that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers would ask wide receiver Vincent Jackson to take a pay cut, it appears as though that will not be the case.
According to a tweet from Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times, Jackson will remain with the Bucs at his full salary.
Jackson has been one of the Buccaneers’ most consistent performers since his arrival before the 2012 season.
In three seasons with the Bucs, Jackson has caught 220 passes for 3,610 yards and 17 touchdowns.
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With Tampa Bay is widely expected to draft a quarterback with the first overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft, the Bucs offense desperately needs some consistency, something that Jackson will provide.
Alongside Mike Evans, the duo is considered one of the top wide receiving tandems in the NFL.
Despite being 32 years old, Jackson has shown how productive he can be on the field. Off the field, he’s widely regarded as a great locker-room presence.
Jackson was rumoured to be available ahead of the trade deadline last season but Bucs general manager Jason Licht failed to pull the trigger on a trade. According to Pro Football Talk, Tampa Bay never openly shopped Jackson, rather they just listened to offers.
Furthermore, the Bucs have plenty of money to spend in free agency so cutting Jackson was far from a necessity.
By keeping him, the Bucs maintain a fearsome one-two wide receiver punch and give whoever is playing quarterback in 2015 two very reliable targets.
Jackson signed a five-year, $55 million deal in 2012.