Wide Receiver Vincent Jackson has played for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for the last four seasons, dating back to 2012. For the most part, he’s been a key figure in their offense since his arrival.
Over the course of a three year period from 2012 to 2014, he managed no less than 70 catches a season and totaled over one thousand receiving yards. The 2015 season looked to be more of the same but he ended up missing six games and only managed 33 catches for a total of three touchdowns. Anyone familiar with sports knows that a huge decrease in productivity and games played means a career is starting to fall off, and Jackson is currently 32 years old.
Jackson has only one year left on his current contract, worth $12.21 million and while this may seem to be a good standard, some including Pro Football Focus see it as the third worst ranked contract in the league, behind only Dez Bryant and Demaryius Thomas. Jackson agreed to this deal worth $55.55 million back in 2012 but the contract may have been more trouble than the Bucs realized. This is very evident in Jackson’s production, as it has gone down every single year, in receptions, receiving yards and touchdowns.
But even though Pro Football Focus sees a bad contract, the good news for Bucs fans is that it ends following the 2016 season and Mike Evans is ready to fill in.