Published: Mon, March 11, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Jackson posts goodbye message to Bucs

Jackson posts goodbye message to Bucs

It's always been though that Jackson could be a cut candidate, but it appears the team is going to try and trade him first. ESPN's Chris Mortensen reports that he is "destined" for a reunion with the Philadelphia Eagles, the team he spent the first six seasons of his career.

Jackson wants to play for a contender, a person with knowledge of the situation told NJ Advance Media on the condition of anonymity.

Additionally, Jackson, per the ESPN report, would prefer to land back in Philadelphia, where he was drafted way back in the day, several coaches ago.

Jackson reportedly requested a trade before the deadline in October, though the Buccaneers ultimately did not deal him.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have traded De Sean Jackson to the Philadelphia Eagles NFL Network's Mike Garafolo reports
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have traded De Sean Jackson to the Philadelphia Eagles NFL Network's Mike Garafolo reports

Though he's 32, Jackson remains a deep threat: he averaged an NFL-best 18.9 yards per catch last season (he had 44 catches for 774 yards and four touchdowns).

New Tampa Bay coach Bruce Arians met with Jackson last month; at the National Football League scouting combine, he said the sitdown "couldn't have gone better". At others, Arians glowed about the speedster, making it seem like Jackson could remain with the Bucs for the final year of the deal.

For the Eagles, it's much-needed help after the team declined to pick up Timmy Jernigan's 2019 contract option and let Haloti Ngata test free agency.

Jackson apparently never had a trade market materialize because the wide receiver posted on Instagram that he was out of Tampa and looking forward to his next stop.

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