The Buccaneers have announced multiple changes to their 53-man roster, and the most notable move will see wide receiver Vincent Jackson land on the injured reserve list, ending his season. In addition to placing Jackson on IR, the Bucs promoted safety Kimario McFadden to the active roster, and confirmed two previously-reported moves, elevating tight end Tevin Westbrook from the practice squad and sending safety Major Wright to IR.
Jackson, whose knee injury has kept him out of the Buccaneers’ last two games, was limited to 10 contests in total this season. After racking up at least 70 receptions and 1,000 yards during each of his first three seasons in Tampa Bay, Jackson saw his production slip this year as he struggled to stay healthy and establish a rapport with first overall pick Jameis Winston. In total, he grabbed 33 balls for 543 yards and three touchdowns.
It’ll be worth keeping an eye on Jackson’s situation this offseason, since he’s due a $9.778MM base salary, with a $12.21MM cap charge, for 2016. Those figures are identical to his 2015 salary and cap hit, but coming off an injury-plagued season, with just one year left on his deal, Jackon’s hold on a roster spot looks much shakier this time around.