The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have landed a whale of a free agent, signing wide receiver Vincent Jackson to a five-year deal worth $55.55 million. Here’s ESPN’s Adam Schefter:
Vincent Jackson deal in Tampa: 5 yrs, $55.55 million, including $26 million guaranteed, $36 million in 1st 3 yrs, $26 million in 1st 2 yrs.—
Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 14, 2012
Jackson is coming off a season in which he made 60 catches for 1,106 yards and a career-high nine touchdowns for the San Diego Chargers, earning his second Pro Bowl selection. He now joins a Bucs team sorely in need of an overhaul — they went 4-12 last season and haven’t made the playoffs since 2007.
Jackson had spent his entire seven-year career with the Chargers, who selected him in the second round of the 2005 NFL draft.