Jackson is a strength for Bucs, but is he elite?

by Gary Shelton on December 10, 2014 · 4 comments

in general, Tampa Bay Bucs

Wednesday, 2:09 p.m.

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He does not outjump the world like Calvin Johnson.

He does not sizzle through the secondary like Larry Fitzgerald.

He is not as explosive as Julio Jones, or as productive as Antonio Brown, or as frustrating to cover as DeMaryius Thomas. He is not as sure-handed as Anquan Boldin, or as electric as Dez Bryant, or as relentless as Jordy Nelson. He is not having the same year as A.J. Green or Alshon Jeffry or Golden Tate. To be honest, he is not as big an impact to his Tampa Bay as Mike Evans.

Here, then, is the question about Vincent Jackson.

Is he an elite receiver?

And if not, why is he being paid like one?

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Cecil DeBald December 11, 2014 at 11:41 am

I think if you list all our current players by salary cap hit, separately by impact on the game, Jackson wouldn’t even be in the top 10 for worst ratio…

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Gary Shelton December 11, 2014 at 12:04 pm

At 11 million, with 26 million guaranteed over his contract? I might quibble.

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Paul December 10, 2014 at 9:36 pm

If he declines a pay cut?

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Gary Shelton December 11, 2014 at 12:05 pm

Then you have a tough decision, don’t you? I don’t know what other receivers are on the market that you might sign for half of that.

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