Change Of Heart?

February 27th, 2019


Reading the tea leaves and listening to the words of both Bucs AC/DC-loving general manager Jason Licht and new Bucs coach Bucco Bruce Arians today at the Indiana Convention Center in downtown Indianapolis, it seems DeSean Jackson is not yet out the door

Both men expressed a desire to keep the malcontent wide receiver after the two had discussions with the speedy wideout.

In Jackson’s two years with the Bucs he has repeatedly thrown his quarterback, America’s Quarterback, Pro Bowler Jameis Winston, under the bus both privately and on national television, slept through meetings, sparred with coaches including former Bucs head coach Dirk Koetter, gotten into a hassle with another unnamed coach, blew off meetings for a card game with Swaggy Baker and destroyed a players’ Christmas display.

And that’s just what we know about.

But boys will be boys, according to Licht. What is in the past is in the past. Licht believes Jackson can still help the Bucs.

After Jackson spent Super Bowl Week in Atlanta saying he wants to play for the Rams and that he needs a veteran quarterback because he doesn’t need to practice, Joe asked Licht point-blank today why he believes a leopard will change his spots and why he believes Jackson will turn a new leaf after two years of trying to blow up the locker room.

“I have had some great conversations with him,” Licht said. “I know Bruce has too. I know James has a lot of respect for DeSean. There are a lot of things that happened behind closed doors that not everybody understands and knows the entire story. I like DeSean. I have a lot of respect for him. He’s a good football player.

“He has expressed that he would like to be back.”

When pressed if that is exactly what Jackson told him, Licht clarified, saying Jackson told him, “I like it here. I like what is going on.”

This guy Jackson is all over the map. Perhaps he figured out how he has become such a human hand grenade in a locker room, no other team will cough up $10 million a year for him, So all of a sudden the Bucs look a lot better (on his checking account balance)?

Jackson has done his best to get himself run from Tampa Bay. Now he wants to stay?

75 Responses to “Change Of Heart?”

  1. RustyRhinos Says:

    Send this guy down the road already. Good player just not with the Bucs and the QB he us not on the same page with. If he stays and causes more lockeroom issues how good of an idea is that?

  2. D-Rome Says:

    I’ll go by what DeSean Jackson has said instead of what Backstabbin’ Jason Licht says.

  3. pick6 Says:

    what are “things you say to boost a player’s trade value”?

  4. pick6 Says:

    ^my faux “Jeopardy” take on the comments made

  5. BetterBucFan Says:

    I have confidence in B. Arians and I think D. Jackson does too. He didn’t like Koetter, and I believe with a change of scheme he should be happy.

    That being said, if we start losing again… Don’t expect him to work hard.

  6. ncbucsfan Says:

    Didn’t BA say “No risk-it, No Biscuit”? Cut Djax and who do you replace his talent with because money don’t play football? Djax’s strengths are tailor-made for a Bruce Arians offense and everyone knows it. Money and tantrums aside, Djax has the ability to FLOURISH in this offense. I know it isn’t a popular perspective but if we want to make the playoffs, we NEED Djax’s skill set! He will keep a safety honest, deep, and backpedaling…..opens it up underneath for the run game and an OJ Howard!

  7. HowToSpellRhonde Says:

    I didn’t know J.J. Evans was a Buc fan.

  8. ben Says:

    DJax career shouldn’t be with a qb that is not accurate throwing to a small window……….trade DJax for his own good and the bucs!

  9. AKickInTheBucNuts Says:

    Buh, Bye.

  10. Jolly Bucs Fan Says:

    Get that POS out of Tampa. I swear to god.

  11. Boogie Nightz Says:

    Bucs 2019 Season=Train wreck


    I understand now why u r so angry.

  12. Mike Says:

    Licht is incompetent as has no backbone.
    Arians is all hype- shameless self promotion

    It’s all going to blow up in their face

    Have fun with your foolish hope sheeple

    See you in three years when it falls apart.

    Clean house now

  13. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Our daily dose of Djax…..

  14. Bruce Blahak Says:

    Ludicrous to keep him, ugh…Bucs Life continues…

  15. Bradentonbuc Says:

    I agree Joe. It’s a reconciliation move for the money he’d get from the bucs and likely now not get on the market

  16. JimmyJack Says:

    I’ve never liked this player once, ever. He has been a colossal waste of FA spending and has not produced as expected. He has been a crappy Buccaneer.

    I’ll still take him back for one more season but only because we are changing the offense. But I’m not taking him back if he don’t wanna be here. Can’t win with players who hate their jobs.

    I expect Bruce to give him a take-it or leave-it proposition as long as he is willing to do all that’s asked of him. Practice & Games.

    And if they bring back Jackson I expect him to produce and make a lot more explosive plays.

  17. Robert Says:

    daaaang, he musta slept with someone’s sister around here!

    love me some JBF, but dang yall dime a dude out when you want. and yall kiss crabman a$$ somethin fierce so he must be throwin ya love.

    I still side with D jax over the other dude that shouild be doin time

  18. StoutGospel Says:

    There is no “news” here.

    And @pick6 has of course articulated correctly this non-news.

    Hopefully there will be ….news….breaking out of the Combine. I’m sure it’s there to be had.

    Go Bucs!

  19. JimmyJack Says:

    Robert what are you talking about picking sides.

    Do you even realize you sound like a kindergartener? My guess is no.

    I suggest you find a new hobby. You bring noting to the table on a sports blog. You never have.

  20. Jammin Says:

    Is this all a ploy to try to increase the asking price in a trade?

  21. catcard202 Says:

    Cut bait and use the cash for DEF upgrades or to keep Hump.

  22. AlteredEgo Says:

    THis can only mean Licht has told DJax he was going to draft a QB that could hit him deep and in stride….Dwayne Haskins

  23. jerseybuc Says:

    He is unhappy being here and the season has yet to start. He has a QB who he believes cannot get him the deep ball, and has burned his bridges everywhere he has been. Get this guy out of town, take his $10 million and spend it on a veteran defensive back or offensive lineman. When he showed little interest in fighting for
    the last pass in the Giant game is when I was done with this clown. Nothing worse than an aging diva.

  24. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    Gotta say, to me, Arians is doing nothing but blowing it so far.

    Keep Jackson. Let Humphries go? Keep GMC, but not restructure? Hire a coach who last coached in the nfl in 2010, and was coaching high school before coming here???

    I smell disaster so far.

    Of course, everything is all assumption right now.

  25. Rod Munch Says:

    If you’re going to trade a player you’re going to talk them up… not down…

    Anywho I’d love to keep D-Jax if he’s actually going to do stuff like practice – but in any case this is the public talk you need to move him for something of value.

  26. Rod Munch Says:

    Bonzai – Did you watch the last 2 years… it’s already a disaster.

  27. JimmyJack Says:

    LOL Bonzai. Overact much?

    He’s blowing it? Blow what he hadent made a move yet. 1 transaction. Curry cut.

  28. Lord Cornelius Says:

    Biggest anti-Jameis thing he’s said was basically to ride the hot hand with Fitz. Then Fitz sucked lol.

    The most infamous tweet he had last year – was responding to agree with someone that teams like the Falcons/(forgot who else may have been mentioned) would know HOW to use him better than the Bucs. It wasn’t about the QB.

    to me that screams offensive scheme but wtfdik

    Biggest thing that bothered me about the tweet was it came after our best team performance of the year

  29. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    @Rod Munch

    Can we agree that Jackson and Baker were the biggest disasters? Followed by Mike Smith?

    And that Adam Humphries was the most reliable WR on the roster?

    Look, all I’m saying is I see red flags. I’m not saying I won’t support Arians once things get rolling. I’m honestly hoping he pulls a Jon Gruden so far as wins.

    But I also don’t have blinders on. Right now, I’m seeing a lot of reasons to be concerned.

    However, to be fair, most of the things we are hearing are fed us by the media, or are assumptions that stretch the words of the staff. So things could be different than I fear.

    I’m just saying that there are red flags. Those flags might turn green once we know more.

    But I think keeping Jackson would be a HUGE mistake.

  30. Eric Says:

    get the smoke screen pic out Joe.

  31. 813bucboi Says:

    BA probably told djax dirk aint know what the hell he was doing, with him, winston or any other player on the team…..then djax smiled and said, im all in….

    if he stays, i think he’ll be a lot happier….mostly because of the “W’s”….


  32. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:


    His staff choices count too.

    Let me ask you something…do you think a guy who was chased out of the NFL in 2010 and has sunk so low to be coaching in High School is worth hiring as a coach in the NFL?

  33. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:


    Come on, now. Dirk was a good coach. He actually improved this team in big ways, even if it did not show in wins.

    And consider this: If he had fired Mike Smith sooner and hired a better defensive coordinator, we could have won a lot more games. So yeah, his loyalty is a fault…but its also a plus too in other areas.

    And no one can deny that he gave us the best offense in Bucs history, even better than Jon Gruden’s offense.

  34. Alaskan Abdominal Snowman Says:

    Licht can’t be this dumb to even consider bringing him back can he?

    This dude has screwed and quit on your team but you want to hitch your wagon to him in a year that likely decides your fate as a GM?
    You can’t be this dumb. So it must be like pick 6 said, they are just trying to boost any trade value.

  35. JimmyJack Says:

    Fair enough Bonzai.

    I didn’t think about coaching hires. You got me there.

    I don’t know what to think about assistant coaches. Bit it’s nearly impossible to project success on all these guys. We may as well try to project success of 4th round draft choices.

    That’s why there 6-7 HCs hired and fired every year.

  36. Not there yet Says:

    All aboard d jack you were pretty stupid this off-season killing your trade value and any hopes of making close to what you make now

  37. Stanglassman Says:

    The problem is this team is worse when DJax is in the game. I don’t see how Bruce can watch the game film and not see DJax sulking and lack of effort.

    Just watched The Gaints game last night when Jameis came in mid way through the 3rd quarter and lead the team to 4 TDs. On the last potentially winning drive DJax show no effort to make a play on a long ball that ended the game. Please don’t bring this malcontent back.

  38. JimmyJack Says:

    It’s almost impossible to project success for free agents too.

    That’s why the biggest key is to keep the good ones you get……..same goes with coaches.

    This is another hidden problem that comes from canging HCs every other year

  39. Rod Munch Says:

    Bonzai – Baker wasn’t a huge bust, he was being paid backup defensive lineman money. He’s paid only slightly more than the worthless 4th DE from the Bears that the Bucs signed who did even less than Baker. To call someone a bust, they needed to have been a valuable asset in the first place.

    Also, no, D-Jax isn’t a bust either. Alvin Harper was a bust, but no, D-Jax is not a bust.

    Also Hump is 4th on the depth chart for a reason. Evans, Godwin, D-Jax, OJ and Brate are all more important in the receiving game than Hump, who gets all those easy underneath passes because of all those guys above him on the depth chart who teams have to cover first. I’d keep Hump around if possible, I don’t dislike the guy, but to say he’s the “most reliable” WR? Come on – when he lined up against top corners he disappears, he can’t get open. When he’s 4th on the depth chart and going up against 4th corners, LBs and backup safeties, he’s a mismatch. Also you have to deal with Hump fumbling games away like he did in Buffalo and like he tried to do against Cleveland. The Hump hype is ridiculous and doesn’t take into account his place on the roster and why he gets to run wide open underneath and make all those easy catches (and certainly he made plenty of hard catches as well to be fair). Anywho if we lose him I’m not really worried, I think Bobo, if he doesn’t talk his way off the team, can step right into that spot and provide probably 95% of the play that Hump does at a much lower cost, and Bobo is a much better returner as well.

  40. Stanglassman Says:

    I’d swap spots with Raiders 5 to 4th pick and give them DJax. A better shot at the big 3 or more value in a trade down scenario.

  41. Pickgrin Says:

    Every one at OBP has to play nicey with their quotes for now.

    Bucs are still trying to find some sucker of a team to give us our lost 6th rd pick back for the privilege of taking on DJax $10M contract for 1 year….

  42. Robert Says:

    djax and hump to the pats and they run it up to 60 pts a game again

  43. JimmyJack Says:

    Hump hype is not ridiculous. If your eyes work look at a stat sheet since you seem to have forgotten how many plays he makes.

    I’ll just assume reliable is a typo on your end if you don’t think he is.

    And get off the #4 and depth chart junk. That’s just something to look at for fans but doesn’t matter for what Hump does……..That’s because he was our #1 slot receiver. He has his own job for the team. I agree he would struggle against top corners but nobody is ever going to ask him to line up outside(at least they shouldn’t). WR depth chart doesn’t matter because if your outside receiver ever gets injured you wouldn’t ask Hump to take his spot
    You would use your bench and keep Hump right where he is still getting mismatches. Depth Chart is irrevelant.
    Hump brings a specific skillset to the table. Sorry if you don’t like the skills he posesses but they do exist and he does things that a lot of WRs cannot do. He’s one of the best in the game and what he does and that’s why he is gonna make a fat contract.

  44. Bird Says:

    He wrecked someone’s Xmas display

    You guys are reaching sooooooo bad. I mean cmon. This is getting childish trying to smear this guy reputation. No one really cares. There are so many diva wide receivers in the NFL. Running backs too.

    Jameis is a big boy. He can fight his own battles. You guys don’t need too

  45. Robert Says:


    you bring nothing to this convo–

    is my sub ready yeat? extra cheese biat*h

  46. jmarkbuc Says:

    We could use the money elsewhere instead of on this part time practice/ part time player…

    The money he gets to run down the field three times a game is ridiculous..that and JW can’t hit him anyway.

  47. 813bucboi Says:


    if dirk was such a good coach he would be a HC with another team not OC…..W’s & L’s are the only way to determine if your a good HC….

    him firing smitty wouldnt have mattered….his inability to develop players who werent pass catchers did him in….players like spence, benenoch, rojo have talent but were never developed….

    and you jugde an offense by points not by yards…dirk put up huge yardage numbers but could never find in the endzone….

    hue jackson improved the browns in big ways too….the had a ton of draft picks which allowed him to add a ton of talent…..

    but just like dirk, he didnt win enough….


  48. WhoisQanon? Says:

    Man, cut this bozo, go get Tate, let his personality infect this team. Tate plays like Steve Smith used to, always angry.

  49. Rod Munch Says:

    JimmyJack – We’ve seen Hump play against starting corners and he disappears, he can’t get open. His value is because he’s way down the depth chart, and as he moves up that depth chart he becomes less and less valuable. It’s really simple, he has good quickness, but lacks speed and size, and thus he can’t be your #2 WR for example without grinding the offense to a complete halt. So yes, where he is on your depth chart is important since if you have a bunch of players who are worse than Hump on the field the other team will put their top guys on Hump to shut him down, and they will shut him down.

    Hump’s value is related to being #4 on the depth chart. At #3 on the depth chart he’s worth less than he is as a #4.

    I don’t even dislike Hump, I’m just not a blind fanboy who thinks he’s more than he is. Hump is a good WR playing in space with good hands, who will fumble away a game each year. He’ll also have some great punt returns… in the preseason. He’s a great blanket player for Winston who clearly loves throwing to him and he’s great at that, but the question is how much is a player like that worth? Also how easily can that player be replaced? Personally I think you try to keep Hump, but if someone is going to offer him $7m or more, then you say darn it, and put Bobo in his place, and I personally think Bobo can do almost all the same things.

    Also, yes, I know Hump can go to the Pats, play in space, and rack up some good stats. But I also know the Pats are going to pay Hump $7m+ a year when they can get someone to do that same thing for $3m a year.

  50. stpetebucsfan Says:

    Hump and Godwin BOTH played in all 16 games for the past two years…something DJAX hasn’t done for six years. They both had more production than he did over the past two seasons.

    DJAX has worn out his welcome wherever he’s been…simply Wikipedia him and read his season summaries…missed practices…holdouts…and then the stuff he’s pulled here.

    I’m no NDOG in terms of JW worship but the lack of connection is not on JW. DJAX doesn’t practice…JW had no problem hooking up with FIVE other targets. If five guys are successful and one isn’t why would you go to the QB.

    Fitzmagic had a few good games with him but when JW was benched DJAX was no more effective than he was with JW! JW haters point out to lack of arc and accuracy on the deep ball. Why then did Fitz lose his magic. Could it be that NFL DC’s quickly wised up after those first few games and made sure they accounted for DJAX with a safety?

    Bottom line…if 5 targets can catch for JW and one can’t…how is he worth ten million? If two guys on the team…Hump and Godwin both play full seasons and produce more catches and yardage than DJAX who hasn’t played a full season in over five years (his age?) why don’t they get the ten million split between them instead of DJAX.

    In his first few years when he was a Pro Bowl player at both WR and Punt returner he had true value…making his other transgressions more bearable. He’s no longer that player and he’s nowhere near worth ten million! It’s the the one area we do not have a need along with QB. Two spots we don’t have to worry about if we resign Hump who at this point is a better “value” than DJAX whose best years are behind him.

  51. Defense Rules Says:

    Licht is blowing smoke yet again … “There are a lot of things that happened behind closed doors that not everybody understands and knows the entire story”. Ya right. Bucs’ fans know exactly what went on because (tada) DJax told us everything we needed to know. He really didn’t want to be here, and by his actions he quit on the team. Dear Jason: THAT is the whole story right there.

    DJax got 424 yds & 3 TDs receiving in the first 4 games (all with Fitz BTW). In the remaining 8 games that he played in, he had 350 yds & 1 TD (mostly with Jameis but some with Fitz). Forget the QBs for a moment. As the season rolls along, most CBs & Safeties typically get smarter & coverage improves (and yes, even on the Bucs). Maybe DJax needed to step up HIS game instead of whining about others.

    I’d rather release him & use the $10 mil to ‘buy’ a veteran CB who can start outside (and maybe even have a little left over to put towards some of our other NEEDS). Salary CAP dollars seem to be scarce & Bucs have lots of NEEDS to still address. We can survive quite well without DJax, but we’ll have a repeat of 2018 unless we FIX our defense, our OLine, our RBs & our S/Ts.

  52. JimmyJack Says:

    Rod Munch your not a blind fanboy but you are blind if you don’t see that Humphries use on this team is as a slot receiver and working the middle of the field.

    Take the #2 WR #3#4 out of it cause that’s not revelant. I am talking about slot receiver vs wideout. Call them whatever number you want it don’t matter.

    Hump shouldn’t be asked to work the sidelines. That’s all I’m saying. Heck maybe he goes to a new team and proves me wrong………..But it doesn’t matter what # Hump is on the depth chart he should always be a slot guy. You never ask that guy to line up outside vs top corners because he is not good at that role. You use a depth player outside and keep Hump where he is at. Depht Chart should never come into play. Hump plays the slot no matter what.

    Hump is not worth what his depth chart say he is worth slot WR money cause that’s what he is. Even if he goes to a team where he is #1 or #2 on their depth he should still be playing the slot position.

    Just don’t never forget that Hump posesses a specific set of skills. He is on of the tops in the game at it too whether you wanna acknowledge it or not.

  53. SammyRebel Says:

    Dude why are the Bucs so freaking stubborn to accept defeat on this jack off , he doesn’t even wanna be here so get him the hell out of here Arians and Licht, Bruce better not try to please everyone , this guy just cares about stuntin and making money that’s all , POS

  54. Loyaltotheend Says:

    I kind of want Jackson back just to see all the people with egg on their face and back tracking about DJAX when he scores TDs

  55. JimmyJack Says:

    That would be classic Loyal.

    Now that’s my goal too. I gotta see that even though I never said a good thing about Djax.

  56. Rod Munch Says:

    JimmyJack – My point on the depth chart is, as I said, if the Bucs had WR’s that are worse than Hump on the field, many (but not all) teams will move their top corners to cover top WRs, that that happens, Hump is completely shut down. We’ve seen it. Hump is valuable because he’s down the depth chart, if he went to a team with no talent at WR, like the Redskins, then it wouldn’t matter if he’s in the slot or not, teams would match up their top corners against him and he wouldn’t do much. That’s why, in a salary cap world, you can’t pay him a huge amount of money because you’re still going to have to give Godwin his big money deal in a couple of years, and build the rest of the team.

    Again, I don’t dislike Hump, the Bucs should try to keep him, but they have to do so at a cost that makes sense, and to me that’s probably closer to $5m than $6m, which would put him firmly in WR #3 money, which I think is more than fair.

  57. Only1Buc Says:

    enough with the draft haskins GARBAGE!!! you pu$$ a$$ bucs fans would run him out of town as well. just stfu

  58. Rod Munch Says:

    Loyaltotheend – At the beginning of the year it was pretty hilarious seeing all the people who said all last offseason we needed to cut Jackson, how dare he still be on the team, blah blah blah – they were all talking about how great he was.

  59. JimmyJack Says:

    I understand that Munch but football is give and take.

    It’s just like you initially said on how Hump thrives off matchups. You’re spot on with that. So if you got Hump pulling coverage inside you creating better matchups for the sidelines. Now your backup whose taking on the #1 or 2 role doesn’t have to compete against top corners.

    Either way your creating a mismatch. The key is to have players who can take advantage of their mismatches………which is exactly what Hump does.

  60. Jean Lafitte Says:

    smh …The manufactured drama and hate for DJax is thick.

  61. MadMax Says:

    smokescreen i hope…. A big NOPE…. Tired of him already….good luck wherver ya go djax

  62. JimmyJack Says:

    Don’t worry about it Jean. Just gotta let it roll off your back and realize none of it never got nothing to do about football.

    Just look at the manufactured love given to Brent Miko……..look where that got us.

  63. Pryda30.... sec 147 Says:

    This makes me sick I don’t know how I feel half of me wants to scream FU get off the team but then my other half is saying hmmm maybe BA can really fix this guy and the team. We we’ll see

  64. DoSomething Says:

    Nobody wants him here Jason. Please discard this garbage

  65. Tampa Bay Demon Says:

    ^^^^ LOL,, perfectly said, Pryda.

    I have had those same exact arguments, within.

    Nicely expressed.

  66. Alanbucsfan Says:

    Sorry it doesn’t fit your narrative, Joe.
    The real story was an inept coaching staff and frustrated player,
    Not your attempt at character assassination.

  67. Bucnjim Says:

    This is a PR move that benifits Both the Bucs and Jackson. Jackson wants increased perceived value by not looking like a locker room cancer and the Bucs are looking for increased trade value. They will be holding hands and kissing pretty soon if it increases his overall value.

  68. Jameis Almighty! Says:

    Get MEJax the eff out of town. And nobody go buy his old clothes from goodwill

  69. Alanbucsfan Says:

    St Pete-
    DJax tied with Evans with 3 of top 10 offensive plays of the year
    Howard had 2
    Humphries had 1
    You win with playmakers
    Sorry, but Humphries isn’t worth 8-10 million

  70. stpetebucsfan Says:


    Not saying Hump is worth 8-10 million. Simply saying that neither is DJAX. 10 million is grossly overpaying. I’m not denigrating DJAX’s talent as much as pointing out that he has dropped off with age. In his first three years returning punts and running the ball effectively as well as being a top WR he was a top talent. He can no longer stay healthy. He’s the wrong side of 30 do we think that will improve? Or is that perhaps a reason why he never fights for the ball?

    At least you respond with some facts…kudos to you. But we’ll have to simply agree to disagree on the value of 3 big plays.

    I do not know how many times ME13 or Hump caught first down passes to keep the sticks moving.

    I just think missing six games over the past two years and overall production decline make him unworthy of ten million. Not calling him a “bad” player just not a good value at 10 million. Mix in all his off field attitude and I just don’t see him on this team. Again we don’t have a serious need in “weapons for Jameis” Trade DJAX if possible…not likely…whatever dump his 10 million liability and reinvest it into the trenches.

  71. BucEmUp 7 Says:


  72. BuccaneEric75 Says:

    DJax can play here for 10 million or go somewhere else for half. He came here for the money anyway, so…..

  73. BuccaneEric75 Says:

    He has to play “good soldier”. Playing nice is in DJaxs’ best interest. He either convinces the Bucs to keep him or convinces another team to trade for him. Getting cut is his worst case scenario. He wants a trade but he’ll stay if he has to.

  74. joestang Says:

    Can we put Licht on LetItGo and see if anyone would take him?

  75. Alanbucsfan Says:

    St Pete

    My point is that DJax lack of respect for inept coaching staff that did not use him properly, among other coaching failures, led to attitude problems.
    If he returns punts, which I think he will under Arians, and takes Humphries spot, and Jameis is coached up, whih I also think will happen with Arians, then he is worth the money because of his playmaking ability.

    I don’t think Arians would work with a “problem” player. His track record is too impressive.