Jackson (Achilles) signed a three-year contract with the Eagles on Thursday. Jackson was previously entering the last year of the contract he originally signed with Tampa Bay in March of 2017. This re-worked deal likely lowers his $10-plus million cap hit for 2019 and keeps the deep threat under Eagles control through 2021. With Golden Tate and Mike Wallace no longer around, Jackson is joining Alshon Jeffery and Nelson Agholor at the top of the wideout depth chart in Philadelphia.
The Buccaneers agreed to trade Jackson (Achilles) to the Eagles on Monday, Adam Caplan of SiriusXM Radio reports. Jackson thus returns to the team that drafted him in the second round of the 2008 draft. Although he's entering the twilight of his career as a 32-year-old, he still led the NFL with 18.9 yards per catch in 2018 en route to a 41-774-4 line in 12 games. With Golden Tate, Mike Wallace and Jordan Matthews set to depart as unrestricted free agents, Jackson is slated to work in concert with Alshon Jeffery (ribs) and Nelson Agholor in the starting lineup next season.
The Buccaneers aren't having any luck finding a trade for Jackson (Achilles), Dianna Russini of ESPN reports. Jenna Laine of ESPN.com reports multiple teams are interested in acquiring Jackson, but not if it means giving up a draft pick for the right to pay him $10 million in 2019. Those teams prefer to wait out the situation, presumably operating under the assumption Tampa Bay will eventually release the 32-year-old wideout. The Bucs reportedly intend to keep Jackson on their roster for the time being, but the outlook could change quickly if they make some big moves in free agency. The Eagles have been mentioned as a possible fit, though it simply may be a case of wishful thinking on Jackson's part.
The Buccaneers have been shopping Jackson (Achilles), who is interested in a return to Philadelphia, Jenna Laine of ESPN.com reports. Reports on the 32-year-old deep threat have gone back and forth throughout the offseason, with the initial assumption of a trade or release coming into question in late February when new coach Bruce Arians said he was excited to work with Jackson in Tampa Bay. It appears the front office has a different outlook, which makes sense with Mike Evans and Chris Godwin also on the roster. The team will free up $10 million in cap space if Jackson is moved, leaving more than enough money to sign a slot replacement for impending free agent Adam Humphries. Of course, it's also possible Tampa could use the savings to help pay for the multi-year contract Humphries desires. Regardless of the specifics, Jackson seems to be headed for a new destination this offseason, with no lack of potential fits in terms of scheme fit and positional need. The Eagles are in the market for a field stretcher, but their cap situation would make a trade difficult unless Jackson were to sign an extension that lowers his 2019 hit.
New coach Bruce Arians recently had a lengthy discussion with Jackson (Achilles) and said he looks forward to working with the veteran wide receiver in Tampa Bay, Jenna Laine of ESPN.com reports. Arians sung a different tune than general manager Jason Licht, who said the team remains open to all options with the veteran wideout. Jackson has been frustrated by his lack of chemistry with quarterback Jameis Winston, making the 32-year-old an obvious candidate for trade or release ahead of the final season of a three-year, $33.5 million contract. The move would free up $10 million in cap space and seemed obvious a couple months ago, but the Bucs may view things differently after they hired a coach best known for his vertical passing attack. With Adam Humphries scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent, the team could move Mike Evans and/or Chris Godwin into the slot more often to free up the logjam outside. Regardless of where Jackson ends up playing in 2019, the finger and Achilles injuries he suffered late in the 2018 campaign shouldn't impact his preparation for OTAs.
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|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|4||09/27||@Green Bay Packers||26||24.75|
|5||10/06||New York Jets||32||27.38|
|11||11/17||New England Patriots||14||21.68|
|14||12/10||New York Giants||10||20.75|
|17||12/29||@New York Giants||10||20.75|
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|3 Year Avg||88||49||816||4||34||16.65||107|