Jan 1, 2012; Oakland, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers wide receiver Vincent Jackson (83) warms up before the game against the Oakland Raiders at O.co Coliseum. San Diego defeated Oakland 38-26. Mandatory Credit: Jason O. Watson-US PRESSWIRE

Bucs, Vincent Jackson Agree on 5-Year/$55M Deal

He was one of the most coveted prizes in free agency and the Bucs nailed him in a matter of an hour. In big need for another big deep threat, the Glazers have abolished the notion they won’t spend money and have signed free agent wideout Vincent Jackson.

The deal is worth $55 million over the next 5 years and will pay Jackson $26 million over the first two years.

The news is going to send shockwaves through Tampa as the Buccaneers, a team that at the end of last season were the laughing stock of the NFL, have grabbed the top free agent available on offense.

It was looking like the Bucs were going to be involved in a bidding war ala the Nnmadi Asomugha sweepstakes last year, but as soon as the Washington Redskins signed Peirre Garcon and the Bears traded for Brandon Marshall, the Bucs saw the shining light moving towards them.

Adding Jackson instantly makes the Bucs offense on par with the rest of a potent NFC South. He beefs up  Tampa’s arsenal as he will cause defenses to take pressure off of Mike Williams.

That’s really the key for the Bucs in adding another big time, home run receiver. If Williams is single covered, he can flourish as can Preston Parker and Arrelious Benn. He’s a 6’5″ monster that will make the Bucs offense similar to what the Atlanta Falcons are rolling with in that it will be deadly on paper.

The catch is making it work in a game.

We saw the Atlanta Falcons add Julio Jones to an already explosive offense and they struggled to light up defenses the way they were projected to. However, the offense of the Falcons only really failed them in the playoffs — which is exactly why they added Jones.

The Bucs don’t have the expectation of not failing in the postseason. They haven’t made it in what seems forever. But adding Jackson will make Josh Freeman able to really push his development to the next level.

Earlier this week it was reported that Cortland Finnegan was recruiting Jackson to play with him in Tampa. Now that Jackson is here, fans can now only assume that Finnegan will follow. There is no guarantee he will, but half of this week’s report has turned out to be fact.

 Nearly $45 million was available in cap space and the Bucs are not being timid at all in drying that money up in an effort to electrify fan interest in a team that was abysmal last year.
All the skeptics — including this one right here — can now happily begin to prepare the crow to be eaten. Adding Jackson shows the Bucs have more then just improvement next year on the mind.

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