The Tampa Bay Buccaneers were hoping to hold on to star wide receiver Vincent Jackson, but the team's 1-5 start has them considering all their options.
According to NFL.com's Ian Rapaport, the Bucs are getting "tons of calls" about the three-time Pro Bowler, and while the Bucs are reluctant to let him go, they feel they might not have a choice:
"With just one win, I'm told they are open to anything even though they love him as a player. Jackson has a $10 million non-guaranteed base salary, and a $9.8 million non-guaranteed base salary in 2015. If the Buccaneers traded away Jackson, they could move forward with Mike Evans as Mike Glennon's No. 1 receiver. V-Jax turns 32 in January. We suspect he could be had for a third-round pick."
Bucs HC Lovie Smith has endured a rocky start to his time in Tampa - after close losses to the Panthers and the Rams, the Bucs were blown out 56-14 in a Week 3 Thursday night game against the Atlanta Falcons. Despite a comeback win over the Steelers in Week 4, Tampa dropped their next two to the Saints and Ravens.
Josh McCown - who was expected to be the starting QB - has struggled with injuries, and backup Mike Glennon has been unable to turn things around. With a tough remaining schedule and lots of ground to make up in the NFC South, the Bucs will need to turn things around in a hurry if they want to salvage anything from this season.
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