TAMPA, FL (The Spread) – A usually stingy front office came out on the first day of the NFL free agency and made a not-so-stingy move.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers signed wide receiver Vincent Jackson to a five-year, $55.5 million contract on Tuesday, which was the first day of the NFL free agency period. Jackson was regarded as the top wideout on the market after San Diego decided not to retain him.
It didn't take him long to hook up with Tampa Bay and quarterback Josh Freeman, in whose honor Jackson got all those 5s in the deal; Freeman wears uniform No. 5.
The contract, negotiated by Schwartz and Feinsod Agency, will pay Jackson $13 million in each of his first two years, then $10 million for the third year.
Jackson will provide a deep threat for Freeman, whose other receivers, Mike Williams and Arrelious Benn, are more short-range targets.
Oddsmakers currently list the Buccaneers as +10000 long shots to win the 2013 Super Bowl and are +5000 to win the NFC Championship Game next season. Those odds may change following the Jackson signing, however. The Bucs are also rumored to be interested in free agent guard Carl Nicks (Saints).Want More From TheSpread.com? Follow us on Twitterand Facebook or Subscribe to Our News Feeds!