More DJax Trade Chatter

June 9th, 2018

Additional trade speculation.

Generally, NFL teams, barring some freak injury, have their rosters set as June minicamp practices come to a close.

At least their first and second team rosters. The bubble players are a different story.

But Ryan Wilson of CBS Sports sees the Bucs potentially moving one of their premier players this summer. And that player is wide receiver DeSean Jackson.

Jackson, 31, had 50 receptions for 668 yards and 3 touchdowns last season and ranked 45th in total value among all wideouts, according to Football Outsiders. With reports that the team wants to get 2017 third-round burner Chris Godwin more involved (34 receptions, 525 yards, 1 TD as a rookie), moving on from Jackson makes some sense. The Bucs have just $6.5 million in salary cap space (rank: 26th) and Jackson’s set to earn $11 million in base salary next season. Trading him after June 1 wouldn’t cost anything in dead money and would result in a ’18 cap savings of $11 million.

Joe has been over this. The Bucs are intent on fixing whatever chemistry issues exist between Jackson and America’s Quarterback, Pro Bowler Jameis Winston. As a result, Jackson is in the team’s plans big time for this season.

However, with three key players needing to be paid next year as they will be unrestricted free agents (Kwon Alexander, Ali Marpet and Donovan Smith), that’s when things get interesting with Jackson.

The “Custodian of Canton,” Ira Kaufman, predicted a year ago Jackson would not see the end of his three-year contract with the Bucs. Joe is of the mind that if Ira’s prediction comes true, then that will be a year from now, not this summer.

31 Responses to “More DJax Trade Chatter”

  1. tnew Says:

    DJax in Tampa reminds me of Galloway in Dallas. Wonder what Oakland would pony up for a DJax trade? No player fits (or could benefit more) in Gruden’s offense more than DJax. And Djax sure liked playing under Jay Gruden’s offense.

    I’d be a little surprised if a phone call from Oakland hasn’t already been made. Plus, DJax in Vegas seems like a match made in heaven.

  2. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    If there were one trade of a top player I would approve….it would be Djax…..simply because of the salary and the young depth we have at WR……I simply don’t think he’s worth the money and if we can get a 3rd round pick,,,,,,great,

  3. Harry in Costa Rica Says:

    I agree with TBBF.

    We are loaded at WR. If we could get a good draft pick, or trade for a stud or even just a good player at CB, RG, RT, etc that is also in a similar contract situation (1 year remaining), I would be ALL in on that. Next year, we get nothing for DJax, so why would that not be a good decision?

  4. Alaskabuc Says:

    Seattle is shallow at receiver, swap Jackson for Thomas if they would take it so we shore up the backfield and let the young receivers develop with some more playing time.

  5. Destinjohnny Says:

    If we had a better o line, a marquee running back and a secondary I’d say let’s keep him.
    But we are a 6-10 team with or without him

  6. Cobraboy Says:

    Only for a stud RG/RT or top-tier CB.

  7. Doc Says:

    If the Buc’s had a head coach that know how to use Jackson, this would not even be on the table. This coach used Jackson like they did in Washington, however Defense Coordinators know how to cover that run to the flag play calling. Use him like they used Galloway when he in Tampa. When the press talk is all negative,what do you think teams will give the Buc’s for Jackson.

  8. TheDailyCoroner Says:

    Joe, the autopsy showed the Safety muscles were week while the deep receiver muscles were strong.
    Perhaps trimming the Jackson receiver muscle and strengthening the safety one with Eric Reid makes sense.

  9. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    I would trade DJax, Sweezy, and LVD to be honest.

  10. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    Jackson puts more priority on avoiding hits than on catching the ball. It has nothing to do with coaching or the QB.

    How come he is the ONLY WR Winston cannot develop chemistry with?

    I said it when Licht brought him in, and I have yet to be proven wrong.

    Jackson was a bad signing.

  11. SteelStudBuc Says:

    Give him a 2nd chance. If he doesn’t cut the mustard this year… get rid of him for salary cap space after the season.

  12. donuts Says:

    JPP not being at OTAs has me very concerned as a Buc fan. We have seen this all before; we pay big $$ for FA DL; they come give half-assed effort. This franchise gave up more for him than DJAX and he no-shows at OTAs when he is coming to a new D scheme? DJAX is the least of our worries.

    The only thing I know is we will know the Bucs fate for this year after week 4 is in the books. 1-3 or 0-4 is equal to the death nail of this coaching staff and front office. If I were them, Id be nervous as hell as I don’t see enough change to fix the ails of this team. I dont like Koetter’s messaging about it either as it seemed like a weak response with no accountability.

  13. webster Says:

    @ buccaneer bonzai

    You need to get out of this microwave society state of mind. Winston and evans did not have chemistry their 1st year together. They got together in the offseason and the chemistry manifested itself the following season. This offseason djax and winston have been working together a lot. You have absolutely no idea what their chemistry is now. To say winston and djax cannot develop chemistry is pure speculation on your part at this point. Step out of the microwave society state of mind.

  14. Rob F Says:

    Would good what $11 million in cap space for 2018 do? They’d have to get something pretty good in return to move Jackson. Cap savings doesn’t mean anything until it’s 2019 cap savings.

  15. CasualPoster Says:

    Joe deletes loads of comments, not always as fast as Joe or you might like. Loads of words are filtered and many commenters get moderated or banned. –Joe

  16. Joel Says:

    More BS by wannabe journalists. Jackson isn’t going to be traded.

  17. Marlow Says:

    NO… Unless we are out of playoff race early. Then trade!

  18. Bucfan@3 Says:

    Great point Rob not a lot going on right now with the NFL so I think this story is just about a reporter trying to find something to write about. The only reason to trade DJAX now is if we can get another player to fill a position of need. I don’t think any team will trade for DJAX and give up a draft pick unless they are in need of a reciever.

  19. Gambelero Says:

    I doubt it’s the chemistry with Jameis; it’s a team chemistry issue. You have a QB that blocks linebackers and a slot receiver that runs 40 yards downfield to block for a running back that gets caught from behind by linebackers. A receiver that won’t block and runs lackadaisical routes when he’s not the target (clearing out for another intended target) doesn’t fit the 18 mindset.

  20. Kobe Faker Says:


    the most any NFL will pay him is 4 mill per year and they would give Dim Licht Bulb 5th rounder at the most

    “I was going to cut JPP because he is over paid at 11 mill per year and we wont need him in our new 3-4 defense but Dim Licht Bulb took his bloated contract and also gave me a 3rd round pick…Kobe Faker was right”

    Dave Gettleman

  21. Gambelero Says:

    Maybe Pickgrin or someone could update us on the ramifications of different Sweezy moves. Does cutting him now (before he’s cleared to play) save cap, but cost non-cap injury settlement dollars? Or does any injury settlement cost against the cap. If he does get cleared and we cut him, do we save 18-cap money? If he never gets cleared (and who makes that determination btw), are we stuck for the season—again.

  22. First Down Tampa Bay Says:

    Lets settle down a moment on the Godwin hype please. I’m excited as the next guy about his future, but right now he’s only a second year player who saw very limited action in his first year. Lets pump the breaks a bit before we start hailing him as the second coming.

  23. RustyRhinos Says:

    Hey Destin Johnny, do you happen to have the next 5 months of winning lottery numbers? With the mad skills you have at reading the future I thought I would ask you. I will share the winnings with you.

  24. James Walker Says:

    They should be thinking about Fitzpatricks/Djax chemistry. The NFL is going to railroad Jameis the Friday before the season starts with a 4-8 game suspension.

  25. Dapostman Says:

    Whoever is calling the plays please more DJax in the slot vs 3rd CB’s and more slants to DJax when he’s lined up outside. Make it happen play caller.

  26. Trench War Says:

    If only we had a crystal ball

  27. FuNkYxMuNkEy Says:

    We either need to put him in the slot or trade him. Don’t let him stunt our other young receivers growth, saving money would be nice as well. I personally think we would be lucky to get a 4th or 5th round pick at best. I would still take it and move on from this experiment.

    Players like Godwin, Hump, and the kid from Penn, are our future beside Evans. I just do not see where DJax fits into this team besides in the slot. I’m excited about our other 4 receivers but DJax is not one of them.

  28. SOEbuc Says:

    Very excited to see Watson blow up. Trade DJax this year or next and have ME13, Godwin, Watson, Brate, OJ. Other than Hump that’s by far the biggest receiving corp in the league. And Jameis can connect much better with bigger receivers than smaller ones.

  29. Lionel Says:

    Y’all cant know football..Winston missed an open d Jax almost every game..he wouldv produced more yardage and touchdowns if they would just connect..and now y’all want to trade him..come on..we have depth at receiver in case of injury..don’t be stupid and trade him..I’m losing a lot of love for Tampa if they do

  30. Lionel Says:

    We missed a touchdown a game with desean Jackson..don’t trade him fools

  31. The real JuJu Says:

    I totally agree with what “Lionel Says” Winston missed DJax quite a few time on open long balls. How is that on DJax? Winston for some reason has trouble hitting everyone one deep balls. Winston work hard no doubt but he needs to fix the deep ball accuracy himself. Why take away that true deep threat in DJax? I don’t see that happening.