DeSean Jackson Reportedly Expected to Sign with Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Mike Chiari@mikechiariFeatured ColumnistMarch 9, 2017

GLENDALE, AZ - DECEMBER 04:  DeSean Jackson #11 of the Washington Redskins catches a pass before the start of an NFL game against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium on December 4, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona.  (Photo by Ralph Freso/Getty Images)
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Veteran wide receiver DeSean Jackson is reportedly expected to sign with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers when NFL free agency opens Thursday.

According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, only a breakdown in final negotiations would prevent Jackson from joining the Bucs. NFL Network's Ian Rapoport confirmed Schefter's report.

The 30-year-old wideout is coming off a 2016 campaign that saw him register 56 receptions for 1,005 yards and four touchdowns with the Washington Redskins. The former Philadelphia Eagles star has now topped 1,000 yards in three of the past four seasons.

Jackson is a three-time Pro Bowler who is regarded as one of the NFL's best deep threats, as evidenced by the following tweet from Andy Benoit of Sports Illustrated:

D-Jax has led the league in yards per reception on three occasions, including last season at 17.9 yards per grab.

Provided Jackson and the Bucs come to official terms, he will become part of a formidable receiver duo with Mike Evans.

Evans is best known for his size and leaping ability, which makes Jackson an ideal complement due to his blazing speed.

Jameis Winston is one of the NFL's fastest-rising young quarterbacks, and the addition of Jackson is a move that should help his development significantly.

As for the Redskins, their receiving corps is suddenly set to be depleted, as Pierre Garcon is rumored to be signing with the San Francisco 49ers, according to ESPN's Chris Mortensen.

That leaves Jamison Crowder as Washington's only established wideout.