Jackson was one of the best receivers available in free agency after San Diego decided not to give the franchise tag. It did not take much time to connect with Tampa Bay and quarterback Josh Freeman, in whose honor Jackson got all those 5 years in business, Freeman, wears uniform No. 5.
The Bucs made a big splash desperate Tuesday, giving big dollars to former Chargers WR Vincent Jackson.
Vincent Jackson is the perfect signing for the Bucs, with a combined vertical threat they so desperately need, writes KC Joyner. History
The contract, negotiated by the Agency Schwartz and Feinsod, Jackson paid $ 13 million in each of his first two years, then $ 10 million for the third year.
Jackson will provide a deep threat to Freeman, whose receptors other hand, Mike Williams and Arrelious Benn are the shorter-term objectives.
Sources told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter on Tuesday that Tampa Bay is also trying to sign free agent guard Carl Nicks.
Nicks, a Pro Bowl twice in the guard, was voted first team All-Pro by The Associated Press in 2011, along with the shield of the Saints heading, Jahri Evans. That has not happened since 1953, Lou Creekmur Detroit and Dick Stanfel.
While Nicks just take advantage now, Evans signed a seven-year, $ 56.7 million contract with the Saints in 2010. Nicks was drafted by the Saints in the fifth round in 2008.
Jackson made the Pro Bowl last season after catching 60 passes for 1.106 yards and nine touchdowns, but his departure from San Diego was not exactly a surprise.
The Jackson 6-foot-5 had consecutive 1,000-yard seasons in 2008-09 before being wrapped in a nasty contract dispute that cost him much of the 2010 season.
Jackson's original five-year contract expired after the 2009 season. But because 2010 was an uncapped year, he would need six seasons to become unrestricted free agent.
Unhappy not reach a long-term, Jackson refused to sign a $ 3,268,000 one year tender as a restricted free agent. He sat the first seven games and then reported in time to meet a three-match suspension in the list of exempt list - it was placed there in a rough movement Chargers general manager AJ Smith. He was on the active roster for the last six games to earn one season to unrestricted free agency.
When Jackson had not signed the offer by the June 15, the Chargers dropped their offer to 110 percent of their salary, 2009, or $ 583,000. Because the games missed, made less than $ 300,000 in 2010.
In his first game back, Jackson lasted only two plays before the field limping with a right calf. He missed the next game and finished the season with 14 receptions for 248 yards and three touchdowns.
Jackson had two DUI and was cited for driving with a suspended license and expired tags on the morning of the playoff loss to the Chargers New York Jets in January 2010.
The Chargers placed the franchise tag on Jackson last season when he won about $ 11 million.