Wide receiver DeSean Jackson made no secret of his desire to leave Tampa Bay las...
Wide receiver DeSean Jackson made no secret of his desire to leave Tampa Bay last season, even requesting a midseason trade.
FILE PHOTO: Philadelphia Eagles' wide receiver DeSean Jackson (10) moves the ball against Buffalo Bills' corner back Leodis McKelvin (21) in the fourth quarter of their NFL football game in Orchard Park, New York October 9, 2011. REUTERS/Doug Benz
Now, with one year left on his three-year, $33.5 deal, he just might get his wish.
ESPN reported Sunday night that the Bucs have been shopping Jackson, who is set to receive $10 million this season, none of it guaranteed.
The network also reported that Jackson would prefer to return to the Philadelphia Eagles, where he began his career as a second-round pick in 2008. Jackson was released by then-coach Chip Kelly in 2014 following his best year as a pro, in which he had 82 catches for 1,332 yards and nine touchdowns.
The news, which comes as the league’s legal tampering period opened on Monday, follows comments in January in which Jackson expressed interest in playing for the Los Angeles Rams.
“I don’t know. ... If anything, I would like to kind of end up in L.A., being a Ram,” Jackson said then. “(Head coach) Sean McVay, you know, we got some connection from when I was in D.C., but we’ll see how it plays out, man. Right now, I got another year in Tampa. So we’ll see how it plays out, man.”
Jackson, 32, was born in Los Angeles, attended Long Beach (Calif.) Poly High School and played at Cal in the northern part of the state.
Jackson caught 41 passes for 774 yards and four touchdowns for the Buccaneers last season, missing time with thumb and Achilles injuries.
He has 589 receptions over 11 seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles, Washington Redskins and Buccaneers, collecting 10,261 yards and 53 touchdowns.