Patriots reportedly interested in Vincent Jackson trade
We have known for a little while now that the Buccaneers are shopping their number one receiver Vincent Jackson. However, sources around the NFL are reporting that the Patriots are one of four or more teams with their hat in the ring for a trade deadline move:
Vincent Jackson still generating trade interest. Among the more than 4 teams calling around: Eagles, Pats, Seahawks. Bucs want real value
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) October 26, 2014
The supposed asking price for Jackson's services is a second round pick. However, with the Patriots seemingly getting the better of the Tim Wright-Logan Mankins move, as well as scuppering the Bucs on previous trades for LeGarrette Blount and Aqib Talib (not to mention the acquisition of Darrelle Revis), don't be surprised to see the Tampa front office looking for a security blanket from New England if a deal were in the works.
With the Patriots offense in a serious rhythm right now, some may question the necessity of a move for Jackson. However he is a bonafide number one option and a certifiable deep threat on the outside, the likes of which the Patriots have not had since Randy Moss. Jackson has reeled 1000+ yards in five of his last six seasons. However, the Patriots limited cap space going into next year, combined with Jackson's age (31) and his hefty contract running through to 2016 makes me think that this could be fairly muted interest from the New England camp, particularly if they are made to pay a premium.