Vincent Jackson Trade Rumors: Latest Buzz, Speculation Surrounding Bucs WR

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistOctober 19, 2014

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Updates from Sunday, Nov. 2

Fox Sports' Jay Glazer reports one team that made an attempt to acquire Vincent Jackson's services before last Tuesday's trade deadline:

Jay Glazer @JayGlazer

And Eagles tried to trade for Vincent Jackson but Tampa wouldn't do it

Updates from Tuesday, Oct. 28

Albert Breer of NFL.com reported on Vincent Jackson's future in Tampa Bay

Albert Breer @AlbertBreer

Per source, the Bucs are keeping RB Doug Martin and WR Vincent Jackson.

Updates from Monday, Oct. 27

Evan Silva of Rotoworld passed along a report from Chris Mortensen of ESPN regarding Vincent Jackson's status in Tampa Bay:

Evan Silva @evansilva

ESPN's Chris Mortensen said on NFL Insiders he does not expect the #Buccaneers to trade Vincent Jackson before Tuesday's deadline.

Updates from Sunday, Oct. 26

Ian Rapoport of NFL Network specifies three teams reportedly interested in Vincent Jackson's services:

Ian Rapoport @RapSheet

Vincent Jackson still generating trade interest. Among the more than 4 teams calling around: Eagles, Pats, Seahawks. Bucs want real value

Ian Rapoport @RapSheet

Was told Chiefs also have some interest in Vincent Jackson. RT @TSRFraizer: @RapSheet Chiefs haven't called?

NFL Media PR also provided a statement from Rapoport discussing what the Bucs are looking to receive in return for Jackson:

NFL Media @NFLMedia

.@RapSheet: "Bucs would be willing to trade Vincent Jackson for the right price. What would that be? A second round pick."

Updates from Thursday, Oct. 23

Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times passed along comments from Vincent Jackson on the trade rumors surrounding him:

Rick Stroud @NFLSTROUD

V Jackson on teams interested in trading for em. I'm not surprised by it. I appreciate the teams' interest but I'm happy here in Tampa Bay."

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Updates from Tuesday, Oct. 21

Bleacher Report's Jason Cole weighs in on why it would make sense for the New England Patriots to trade for Vincent Jackson:

Updates from Monday, Oct. 20

Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times has an update on the Buccaneers reportedly trying to trade Vincent Jackson:

Rick Stroud @NFLSTROUD

#Bucs coach Smith on reports that teams are interested in trading for WR Vincent Jackson: "We're not trying to shop any of our players.''

Original Text

After starting the season 1-5, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers may soon have to confront the cold reality that they are unlikely to reach the playoffs this season. And that may mean considering blowing a few things up in the offseason, and perhaps even moving some veteran players before this year's trade deadline.

One such player could be Vincent Jackson, a player highly regarded around the league and one with considerable trade buzz surrounding him at the moment, per Ian Rapoport of NFL.com:

Ian Rapoport @RapSheet

Who else could be traded? I’m told #Bucs are getting tons of calls on WR Vincent Jackson. TB loves him as a player, but considers everything

More than a few teams would surely love to add a deep threat and red-zone weapon like Jackson. While Jackson isn't having his best season—he currently has 25 receptions for 344 yards and two touchdowns—coming into the season he had accumulated at least 1,000 receiving yards and seven touchdowns in five of the last six seasons.

And it likely would have been six in a row had he not missed 11 games in 2010.

The Buccaneers drafted Mike Evans in the first round this offseason, clearly a player they envision being their top receiver in the future, so dealing Jackson now for draft picks—and some salary-cap relief—doesn't sound so crazy.   

Unless the Bucs think they can turn things around this season, entertaining trade offers for Jackson makes sense.

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