The rumors have become official news as Vincent Jackson has confirmed that after 12 seasons in the NFL, he will retire.
Drafted by San Diego in the 2nd round of the NFL Draft in 2005, Jackson was a big bodies receiver with speed to burn and many Chargers fans were sad to see him hit free agency in 2012 despite the slightly acrimonious circumstances around his departure.
The loss of San Diego was to be the valuable gain for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as Jackson signed a $55.55 million contract (less said about this reference the better). That first season Vincent set multiple receiving records in Tampa and went to the Pro Bowl. For the next 3 years things in the Bay area were great with the Bucs, in 2014 teaming up with Mike Evans to become the first Buccaneer duo to pass 1000 yards receiving.
Sadly for Jackson and the fans, a long career was catching up in the form of injuries and after being injured in a week 5 game against the Panthers in 2016, Jackson wouldn’t suit up for the Bucs again.
In a career that saw the man from Colorado Springs play for 12 years, making 540 catches for 9,080 yards and 57 touchdowns,