DeSean Jackson Is Expected To Sign With The Tampa Bay Buccaneers

It's official! The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have signed wide receiver DeSean Jackson to a three-year, $35 million contract that includes $20 million guaranteed. There are reports he is close to finishing a deal with the San Francisco 49ers. At his prime, the 30-year-old had a magnificent season as he amassed for 1,005 yards and four touchdowns in 56 receptions with the Washington Redskins.

The Buccaneers, who had a good amount of cap space, had a serious need for a No. 2 receiver alongside Mike Evans.

Today's move will go a long way to seeing if the Bucs can get over the hump in 2017 and win the NFC South.

The Bucs were the only team in the National Football League last season without a reception of 50 or more yards. According to Pro Football Focus, Jackson ranked third in the league a year ago on deep balls, with 36 percent of his targets traveling 20 yards in the air.

Jackson has always been known as one of the NFL's best deep threats, if not the very best. Along with being the Buccaneers last playoff opponent, the two teams have shared many players, coaches and executives over the years.

This could be one of the best marriages of free agent to team in the 2017 offseason. Defensive coordinators are about to have nightmares game planning for this passing attack. Despite some inconsistencies, Jackson has maintained his ability to break free down the field with an average yards per reception of 18.0 in 2016. At one point, that could have been Vincent Jackson, but he's 34 and was hurt for much of last season. He made about $8 million in cash earnings in each of his three seasons with the Redskins and has made more than $45.7 million in his career, according to Spotrac. His drop rate on deep balls is just 1.55 percent, a far cry from the 4.51 percent drop rate that Winston has dealt with for the last two seasons.

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