The Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced Tuesday evening that they have signed free agent wide receiver Vincent Jackson to a five-year contract, according to the team’s press release.
According to reports, the star receiver’s deal is worth $55.55 million over five-years, guaranteeing $26 million.
Jackson was a second round (61st overall) selection of the San Diego Chargers in the 2005 NFL Draft. The 6-5, 230-pound pass carrier played seven seasons for the Chargers, where he played in 92 games (75 starts) logging 272 receptions for 4,754 yards and 37 touchdowns. Jackson’s career average of 17.5 yards per catch was the fifth-best in the NFL during his time with the Chargers, as he registered three 1,000-yard seasons in the past four years.
Despite missing 11 games in 2010, Jackson has also hauled in 36 completions of 25 or more yards in the last four seasons, ranking 10th in the NFL.
For his 2011 campaign with the Chargers, Jackson recorded his third 1,000-yard receiving season on his way to his second Pro Bowl selection. The 29-years old receiver from Northern Colorado started all 16 games and hauled in 60 receptions for 1,106 yards and nine touchdowns last season.
Jackson placed his stamp on the NFL in 2008 when he caught 59 passes for 1,098 yards and seven touchdowns. However, Jackson’s behavior stamp has been more impressible due to his run-ins off the field with driving violations, which led to suspensions by violating the league’s personal conduct policy.
Nevertheless, one’s talent will make room for them. Jackson’s talents allowed him to earn a huge payday with the Buccaneers, who needs his gift to help the team’s young quarterback Josh Freeman get to the next level in order for Tampa Bay can step forward.