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NFL Free Agency Rumors 2017: DeSean Jackson to Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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NFL News: Eagles to pursue DeSean Jackson in free agency?
The Philadelphia Eagles look to add speed when they pursue wide receiver DeSean Jackson from the Washington Redskins during the free agency.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are close to signing free agent DeSean Jackson according to NFL free agency rumors on Thursday. The Jackson to Bucs signing is expected to happen on Thursday afternoon when the NFL free agency officially opens.

Jason La Canfora was one of the first to report on the deal. However, it’s not yet final and the Washington Redskins, Jackson’ team the last three seasons, are still trying to retain the 30-year-old wide receiver.

Buccaneers close to signing DeSean Jackson

“Most likely outcome as of last night was DeSean Jackson going to the Bucs, but the Skins are hopeful of preventing that,” La Canfora tweeted on Thursday. “DeSean Jackson headed to the Bucs today barring any unforeseen snags as has been reported. Skins hoped to make him think twice this AM.”

Though the DeSean Jackson to Tampa Bay signing is not yet official, many NFL analysts are already calling it a very good deal for the Bucs. ESPN’s Adam Schefter also confirmed the free agency signing on Thursday.

“The Buccaneers, who had a good amount of cap space, had a serious need for a No. 2 receiver alongside Mike Evans. Ideally, that receiver would be a deep threat to pair with quarterback Jameis Winston’s big arm,” Frank Schwab of Yahoo Sports wrote in a recent article about the Bucs’ improvement with Jackson among their top receivers.

“In Jackson, the Buccaneers get a player who led the NFL in receiving yards per catch last season and is one of the best deep threats in league history. He’ll be just fine with Winston, and he’ll take a lot of coverage pressure off Evans.”

Success with Redskins, Eagles

Jackson has played almost two full seasons in Washington, 15 games each in 2014 and 2016. He played in just 10 games in 2014. In the first and third seasons, Jackson recorded 1,000 plus receiving yards. Last season, he registered 1,005 receiving yards on 56 catches with 4 touchdowns.

“It definitely is a great story or ending, I guess you could say. Starting your career somewhere then going to a division rival team [and] having the possibility of maybe going back,” the veteran wide receiver stated about going back to the Philadelphia Eagles in one of the early NFL free agency rumors.

“You just kind of think about all of that when you start somewhere maybe you could finish it. There is just a lot of speculation of a lot of thoughts. It all sounds good, but you really never know until the final decision is made.”

For his entire NFL career, which also saw Jackson play for the Philadelphia Eagles, Jackson has recorded 8,819 receiving yards on 498 catches with 46 touchdowns. He has played in seven postseason games with a career-high 207 postseason receiving yards in 2008 in 3 playoff games for the Eagles.

Jackson has made the NFL Pro Bowl squad three times, in 2009, 2010 and 2013.

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