Jackson is "very happily retired" from the NFL, Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.com reports.
Jackson went unsigned in 2017 after finishing the prior pair of campaigns on injured reserve due to knee injuries. The 35-year-old totaled 540 catches for 9,080 yards and 57 touchdowns over a 12-year career with the Chargers and Buccaneers.
Jackson (knee) does not plan on retiring, ESPN's Adam Caplan reports.
Jackson is slated to hit free agency after ending both of the last two seasons on injured reserve due to knee issues. Despite being 34 years old, Jackson still feels there's room left in the tank to continue his career. Just how much interest he receives on the open market remains to be seen, leaving his diminished fantasy stock in limbo, but the veteran isn't calling it quits yet.
Jackson (knee) and the Bucs have met this offseason but his future with the team remains uncertain, Jenna Laine of ESPN.com reports. "We did have conversations with Vincent," GM Jason Licht noted Wednesday of the wideout, who is poised to become an unrestricted free agent. "I have the utmost respect for him. Everybody in the organization does. In my mind, in head coach Dirk [Koetter's] mind, in the owners' minds, he'll be a Buc for life. So whatever happens happens, but we'll always want Vincent to be around the organization."
The 34-year-old has finished his last two seasons on injured reserve as a result of knee injuries and found it hard to gain separation when he was on the field in 2016, finishing with just 15 receptions (31 targets) for 173 yards and no touchdowns through five games. The team holds Jackson in highest regard with respect to his work ethic, locker room presence, NFL resume, and off-field charitable endeavors, but wants to get younger and faster at receiver opposite Mike Evans in 2017. To that end, the Bucs locked down the mercurial but talented Josh Huff to a multi-year contract after bringing him aboard following his Eagles release last season and also inked Derel Walker, one of the CFL's most explosive wideouts, earlier this offseason. They also could well be aggressive at the position in free agency, given that they have approximately $68 million in cap room as per recent reports. "There's a lot of players that we like at that position that are free agents and the draft - that's the process that we're going through right now," Licht said. "You can't always get what you want. We're going to do the best that we can to add depth and add playmaker
Jackson (knee) finished the 2016 season with 15 receptions (31 targets) for 173 yards and no scores over five games.
The 33-year-old's season was cut short in mid-October with a knee injury originally feared to be a torn ACL. While that worst-case scenario was later confirmed to be unfounded, Jackson was ruled out for the season in mid-November, potentially the final transaction involving the Bucs and the veteran receiver. Jackson is now an unrestricted free agent, and after topping out at four receptions and 44 yards in any of the five games he was active for during the 2016 campaign, he appears to be a long shot to return. Jackson remains in superb physical condition but didn't seem capable of getting downfield with the same level of success as in years past, with an 18-yard reception in Week 4 representing his longest of the season. If 2016 was indeed Jackson's swan song in Tampa, he wraps up his five-season Bucs career with 268 receptions for 4,326 yards and 20 touchdowns. His tenure included three 1,000-yard seasons, but his yardage totals did drop in each campaign. However, presuming his knee is back at full strength heading into the summer, Jackson could well latch on with a team looking for veteran receiver help.
Although the Buccaneers placed Jackson on injured reserve Tuesday, his injury hasn't been definitely confirmed as a torn ACL, Ed Werder of ESPN reports.
Jackson's ailment was first termed an ACL tear by Adam Caplan of ESPN, and Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times was able to whittle it down to the wideout's left knee. If the injury is in fact to Jackson's MCL (as Werder discovered) or a lesser ACL issue, he may be able to return at some point. The Buccaneers would then have a quandary on their hands with regard to which player between Jackson and Charles Sims (knee) to activate from IR later this season, as each team can bring back just one such player to the 53-man roster. On the other hand, confirmation of a severe ACL diagnosis would result in back-to-back abbreviated campaigns for Jackson.
Jackson was injured reserve due to a torn ACL, Adam Caplan of ESPN reports.
Jackson apparently played through a knee injury during the Buccaneers' Week 5 win at Carolina, only to realize that something was awry after the game. The team may have been aware of the diagnosis during its bye week, but with practice imminent Wednesday, the veteran wideout will miss the rest of the season due to an ACL tear in his left knee, according to Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times. Expect Adam Humphries and Cameron Brate to take on a larger role in the offense, though a free-agent signing or maybe even a trade could very well occur in the near future.
Jackson is being evaluated Tuesday for a knee injury suffered in last Monday's win over Carolina, Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Jackson's injury went unreported during Tampa Bay's bye week, with the team perhaps hoping some rest would do the trick. Despite starting every game and playing the vast majority of snaps, Jackson hasn't topped four catches or 44 receiving yards in any contest this season. If he isn't ready for Sunday's game against San Francisco, the Bucs could turn to Adam Humphries or Russell Shepard, though the biggest impact might be an uptick in targets for No. 1 receiver Mike Evans.
Jackson did not practice Monday, the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Jackson wasn't reported to have carried an injury into the Buccaneers' Week 6 bye, so it's possible that his absence from Monday's practice was just a veteran's day off. His activity level as the week unfolds should help clarify his situation.
Jackson caught three passes (on five targets) for 36 yards in Monday night's win over the Panthers.
Jackson's performance Monday was his third straight with three catches for a receiving yardage total in the mid 30s. At 33 years old, it's clear that Jackson is Tampa Bay's second option behind ascending star Mike Evans, as his season-high of 44 receiving yards strongly suggests. While Jackson can be counted on to get a handful of targets each week given his depth chart position, he's hard to rely on for meaningful fantasy numbers at this stage in his career.
Jackson hauled in three of five targets for 38 yards in Sunday's 27-7 loss to the Broncos.
The veteran receiver continues to seemingly serve as Jameis Winston's third option at a minimum, but has largely converted his opportunities into catches with the exception of the opener. Jackson has 12 receptions for 137 yards to date this season, but has yet to get into the end zone. Furthermore, his 11.4 YPC is a career low, as Jackson has been unable to get downfield successfully with any measure of consistency to date in 2016. He'll look to improve on his numbers against a very beatable Panthers secondary in Week 5.
Jackson secured three of six targets for 37 yards in Sunday's 37-32 loss to the Rams.
The veteran receiver has struggled to make an impact throughout the first three weeks of the season and was notably behind four other players in targets Sunday. Mike Evans, Adam Humphries, Charles Sims and Cameron Brate all received more looks than Jackson, who nevertheless does have 21 targets in 2016. Jackson did see four passes thrown his way on the Bucs' final drive but was only able to secure one for 15 yards. However, Jackson doesn't appear to be in any danger of sliding down the depth chart at this time, despite the modest production, as third wideout Adam Humphries is much more suited as a slot receiver.
Jackson hauled in four of nine targets for 44 yards in Sunday's 40-7 loss to the Cardinals.
The veteran wideout checked in behind Mike Evans again for second on the team in targets and was able to convert on a greater percentage of them than in Week 1. However, the end result still wasn't very pretty from a fantasy standpoint, as the Bucs were fighting uphill all afternoon and couldn't seem to get into any type of consistent rhythm on offense. However, the number of looks Jackson is getting is certainly encouraging and would indicate that he'll eventually begun parlaying them into more prolific outings. Jackson and the Bucs take on the Rams in their home opener in Week 3.
Jackson secured two of seven targets for 18 yards in Sunday's 31-24 victory over the Falcons.
The veteran receiver encouragingly tied fellow wideout Mike Evans for targets on the afternoon, but hauled in only a pair of them. Both receptions for Jackson came on back-to-back plays in a two-minute drill near the end of the first half that culminated in a Charles Sims touchdown, with the first one being a key grab just beyond the sticks on third down. Despite the poor conversion rate Sunday, the volume of looks Jackson received certainly bodes well for his expected level of involvement going forward.
Jackson is not listed on Wednesday's injury report, Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Jackson missed a few practices last week due to an undisclosed injury, but with no indication the issue was serious, his status for Week 1 was never really in doubt. He'll start the season with a decent road matchup in Atlanta, looking to take advantage of a Falcons secondary that appears shaky beyond top cornerback Desmond Trufant.
Jackson (undisclosed) won't take the field for Wednesday's preseason game versus the Redskins, Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Jackson missed practice both Monday and Tuesday for an unknown reason. Whether they were merely veteran days off or otherwise, the 33-year-old will seek to sidestep the injuries that resulted in six DNPs last season.
Jackson (undisclosed) was held out of practice Tuesday for a second straight day, Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
The veteran receiver was also held out of practice Monday, yet no details as to why have been provided by the team and there is no sign that the absence is related to anything serious. In fact, Jackson may simply have received back-to-back days off for rest, as there appeared to be no indication of injury while he amassed a team-high nine targets in last Friday's victory over the Browns. Jackson is unlikely to play in the preseason finale against the Redskins on Wednesday, but that is more than likely due to the fact that the majority of the team's starters will also take a seat. At present, his status for Week 1 against the Falcons does not appear to be in jeopardy.
Jackson secured four of nine targets for 78 yards in Friday's 30-13 preseason victory over the Browns.
The veteran wideout was actually the most heavily targeted receiver on the night, with his nine looks easily pacing the Bucs. Although he hauled in less than half of them, Jackson encouragingly made catches on a number of different routes, including a wide receiver screen, post and a fly pattern down the left sideline that went for 31 yards. He averaged a solid 19.5 yards a catch in the process and appeared fully healthy from the assortment of knee ailments that nagged him last season. Jackson is slated to see plenty of work in what has the potential to be an explosive passing game in 2016.
Jackson was a frequent and productive target of Jameis Winston in Thursday's joint practice with the Jags, the team's official site reports.
The veteran had his day in the sun during Thursday's session, making plays up and down the practice field. Jackson hauled in a pair of deep passes from Winston during the session and was also targeted frequently during team and seven-on-seven drills. Although he hasn't necessarily drawn any headlines during camp so far, Jackson's veteran savvy and steady presence remains an integral component of the Bucs' offense heading into the 2016 campaign.
Jackson (undisclosed) caught his only target for a 17-yard gain in Thursday's preseason opener against the Eagles.
The ailment that held Jackson out of Tuesday's practice is apparently of no concern. The 33-year-old wideout probably won't get too much playing time this preseason, as he's locked in to a starting job across from Mike Evans.
Jackson was held out of Tuesday's practice, with coach Dirk Koetter telling the media the veteran receiver is "banged up," Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Jackson missed six games, and parts of others, due to knee issues last season, but he played all 16 games in each of the previous four seasons. The 33-year-old finished 2015 with only 543 yards and three touchdowns, but he averaged 16.5 yards per reception, and 28 of his 33 receptions went for first downs. He enters 2016 as the clear No. 2 behind third-year receiver Mike Evans in what figures to be a productive passing game, especially if Jameis Winston takes a significant step forward.
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