No more questions as to where wide receiver Vincent Jackson will end up this off-season as Adam Schefter just broke the news that he and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have reached a five-year, $55.5 million dollar deal that moves Jackson to the NFC South.
Jackson departs the San Diego Chargers, the team that drafted him in the second round of the 2005 NFL draft, after seven seasons where he totaled 4,754 receiving yards and 37 touchdowns.
He was a two-time Pro Bowl selection with the Chargers after both the 2009 and 2011 seasons.
Last year the Chargers lost Darren Sproles in free agency to the Saints, and now to lose Jackson leaves a huge hole in the offense that certainly has quarterback Philip Rivers scratching his head.
Sproles of course would go on to set a new NFL record for all-purpose yards with the Saints in 2011, and Jackson will likely have just as profound an effect on the Buccaneers.
Jackson, at 6-5 and 230 pounds, is among the leagues bigger possession style receivers, although he is not a one trick pony as he also possesses the speed to beat coverages deep.
Tampa Bay was desperately looking for play makers for an offense that struggled mightily at times last season to move the ball, a large reason the team went 4-12.
Quarterback Josh Freeman now has a legitimate number one receiver to help boost a mediocre group that contains Arrelious Benn, Sammie Stroughter, and Mike Williams among others.
In 2011 Freeman attempted just 36 balls of 20 yards or more, and now with Jackson in the lineup that should all change in 2012.
Earlier today the Atlanta Falcons” href=”http://whodatdish.com/2012/03/13/tampa-bay-buccaneers-sign-curtis-lofton-from-division-rival-atlanta-falcons/” target=”_blank”>Buccaneers reached an agreement with free agent linebacker Curtis Lofton, signing him way from the division rival Atlanta Falcons.