Jackson was slated to make $10 million in 2019 on the final year of his three-year, $33.5 million deal with the Bucs.
Jackson, 29, wasn't expected to be on the market long as he still looks to be a top-5 three-technique pass rusher in the league in the interior. And the truth is that the general manager Jason Licht has been seeking to trade Jackson, who would like to return to the Philadelphia Eagles.
If ever there was confirmation that DeSean Jackson has no interest in playing for the Bucs, or new coach Bruce Arians, this is it. He was unceremoniously cut by coach Chip Kelly in March 2014 following a career year in which Jackson posted 1,332 receiving yards and nine touchdowns.
When asked is Jackson assured him he wanted to play for the Bucs, Arians said, "Yeah, I mean that's basically how the conversation ended".
The DeSean Jackson era in Tampa Bay appears to be coming to a close.
It's been five years since Jackson left the Philadelphia Eagles for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Now, with free agency approaching, it seems like the team is back to moving on from Jackson. After seeing Haloti Ngata struggle in Jernigan's presence last season though, it was clear that finding a productive player there would become a priority, and with that, the Eagles have made their first signing. Despite being 32, Jackson is still among the fastest wide receivers in the game.