2012 NFL Free Agents: Vincent Jackson Gets Huge Bucks from the Buccaneers

Tom EdringtonSenior Writer IMarch 13, 2012

Vincent Jackson will get $26 million in guaranteed money.
Vincent Jackson will get $26 million in guaranteed money.Harry How/Getty Images

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have come to terms with Vincent Jackson, and for all intents and purposes, he may as well have won the state lottery.

Per Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk.com, the Bucs have signed Jackson to a five-year deal worth in excess of $55 million, with $26 million of that guaranteed and paid out over the first two years of the contract.

The 29-year-old wide receiver will receive $13 million in 2012 and $13 million in 2013. After that, there are no guarantees. It is basically a two-year deal worth $26 million.

The Buccaneers were obviously intent on making a big splash the first day of free agency and have now given quarterback Josh Freeman a true No. 1 receiver. The Bucs may now move Mike Williams to the No. 2 spot, leaving Arrelious Benn out of the lineup.

Hopefully the new contract for Jackson will have a strong personal conduct clause.  Jackson was charged and pleaded guilty to a DUI charge in 2006, then again in 2010.

The Bucs apparently will not be content to rest after this signing as they've scheduled New Orleans guard Carl Nicks for a visit at One Buccaneer Place in his first and, for the moment, only stop scheduled as of Tuesday.

The Bucs also supposedly expressed first-day interest in Detroit corner Eric Wright, San Diego running back Mike Tolbert and Seattle tight end John Carlson.