Eagles acquire WR DeSean Jackson from Buccaneers

The Philadelphia Eagles have acquired WR DeSean Jackson and a 2020 seventh-round draft choice from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in exchange for a 2019 sixth-round draft choice.

According to ESPN’s Tim McManus, Jackson reworked his contract with the Eagles, which is expected to be three years for $27 million. Jackson was scheduled to make $10 million next season.

A three-time Pro Bowl selection (2010, 2011, 2014) and 2009 Associated Press All-Pro honoree, Jackson (5-10, 175) is one of the most explosive wideouts in NFL history. Now entering his 12th season, Jackson was originally selected by the Eagles in the second round (49th overall) of the 2008 NFL Draft and has spent time with Philadelphia (2008-13), Washington (2014-16) and Tampa Bay (2017-18).

Jackson has produced the most 60-plus-yard receiving touchdowns (24) in NFL history and ranks second in 50-plus-yard receiving touchdowns (29), trailing only Pro Football Hall of Famer Jerry Rice (36). He also leads all NFL players in 40-plus-yard receptions (63) since 2008.

Additionally, Jackson owns the sixth-highest career receiving average (17.4) in NFL history, trailing only Stanley Morgan(19.2), Lance Alworth (18.9), Don Maynard (18.7), James Lofton (18.3) and Harold Jackson (17.9) (min. 500 receptions). He has led the NFL in yards per reception four times in his career: 2018 (18.9), 2016 (17.9), 2014 (20.9) and 2010 (career-high 22.5) (min. 35 receptions).

Among active NFL players, Jackson ranks sixth in career receiving yards.

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NFL announces matchups for the five international regular-season games in 2019

The National Football League today announced the matchups for its five 2019 international regular-season games – four in the UK and one in Mexico.

The quality of the 2019 international offering is apparent in three division games and five playoff participants, including the NFC Champion Los Angeles Rams.  Two of the four London Games will feature teams playing in the UK for the first time, while Mexico City will host a meeting of long-time AFC West division rivals.

​​The 2019 international games:

​Country Visiting Team Home Team
Mexico Kansas City Chiefs Los Angeles Chargers
UK Carolina Panthers Tampa Bay Buccaneers
UK Chicago Bears Oakland Raiders
UK Cincinnati Bengals Los Angeles Rams
UK Houston Texans Jacksonville Jaguars​​

Mexico City’s Azteca Stadium will host a matchup between the AFC West rival Kansas City Chiefs and Los Angeles Chargers. Both teams, who finished the 2018 regular season with identical 12-4 records, will be playing in Mexico City for the first time.

The AFC South champion Houston Texans – who face the division-rival Jacksonville Jaguars – and the Carolina Panthers – who face their NFC South foes the Tampa Bay Buccaneers – will both make their London debuts. It will bring the total number of NFL teams to have played in the UK to 31 in 28 regular-season games by the end of the 2019 season. The Jaguars will be playing a home game in London for the seventh consecutive season.

The Rams, who will face the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LIII, will host a London game for the fourth time when they take on the Cincinnati Bengals, while the Oakland Raiders will return to London for the second straight year, facing the NFC North division champion Chicago Bears.

The NFL will play two games at Tottenham Hotspur’s new stadium, with two at Wembley Stadium.

Dates, kickoff times and venues for all international games will be announced in conjunction with the release of the full NFL schedule this spring.

Breaking: Jameis Winston suspended three games by NFL

What has been speculated for weeks was made official today. The NFL has suspended Tanpa Bay Buccaneers QB Jameis Winston for three games for violating the league’s personal conduct policy after allegedly touching the crotch of a female Uber driver back in March of 2016 in Scottsdale, AZ.

Winston is scheduled to return in Week 4 against the Bears.

Here is the official statement from the NFL on Winston’s suspension:

JAMEIS WINSTON of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers was notified today by NFL Special Counsel for Conduct TODD JONES that he has been suspended without pay for the Buccaneers’ first three regular-season games for a violation of the NFL’s Personal Conduct Policy.

In November 2017, the NFL learned of an incident involving Winston and a shared-ride service driver that had taken place in March 2016 in Scottsdale, AZ.  The incident, which had been immediately reported by the driver to her employer and which resulted in Winston’s removal from the ride-sharing platform, was also publicly reported last November.

The league promptly initiated a comprehensive investigation that included interviews with several persons, including the driver, Winston and others with relevant information.  The league also examined an extensive amount of other evidence, including telephone records, business records, data from electronic devices and other communications.  Based on the investigation, the NFL found that Winston had violated the NFL Personal Conduct Policy, which allows for discipline to be imposed even when criminal charges are not presented. 

In his letter advising Winston of the suspension, Jones stated after full consideration of the record, including a meeting with Winston and his representatives, and a written submission by his attorneys, that the driver’s account of the incident was consistent and credible.  As a result, the investigation had concluded that Winston violated the Personal Conduct Policy by touching the driver in an inappropriate and sexual manner without her consent and that disciplinary action was necessary and appropriate. 

As part of the discipline, Winston is also required to obtain a clinical evaluation and fully cooperate in any recommended program of therapeutic intervention.  A failure either to obtain the evaluation or to cooperate with treatment will result in further discipline.  In addition, a future violation of the Personal Conduct Policy will result in more substantial discipline, including a potential ban from the NFL. 

Winston has advised the league office that he accepts this discipline. His suspension therefore will take effect as of the final roster reduction on September 1 and he will be eligible to return on September 25 following the Buccaneers’ game against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Winston may participate in all of his club’s preseason activities, including games. 

Ex-Bucs K Martin Gramatica on Nick Folk: ‘I would definitely give him another chance’

Buccaneers kicker Nick Folk had a bad night on Thursday night in Tampa’s 19-14 loss to the Patriots. At this point, Folk is having a bad year. After missing three field goals last night, and missing two field goals and an extra point last week against the Giants, Folk, 32, has now missed 5 of his 11 field goal attempts this season. That’s not good

However, former Buccaneers kicker Martin Gramatica, who was a great kicker for the Bucs, believes that Folk should be given another opportunity to make it right.

“The pressure they are getting from the town. Everybody is calling for Nick’s head, which to me, he is such a good kicker and he has proven it,” Gramatica told TMZ Sports.  “I would definitely give him another chance, for the fact that he could snap out of it, and just have a great career. He’s a 80 plus percent kicker, so he’s not a horrible kicker. He’s a good kicker. To me you gotta give him a chance, and hopefully he can snap out of it next week.”

According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, the Bucs will be auditioning kickers to possibly replace Folk. Gramatica knows that this is going to be tough for Folk:

“Today, is going to be a tough day, especially they are bringing in kickers for tryouts, so you don’t know if you’re going to have a job or next week. The best thing you gotta do is just forget about it,” Gramatica said.

Tampa can’t go another week with Folk as their kicker. The Bucs are looking to make the playoffs. They might not be able to do that if their kicker is missing multiple field goals in a game. They tried drafting a kicker in Roberto Aguayo, but that did not work, they tried Folk, and that did work. Now, it’s time to find a consistent kicker!

 

 

 

 

 

Bucs-Dolphins will not be played in Miami due to Irma

Due to the potential impact of Hurricane Irma on South Florida, the Miami Dolphins home game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, originally scheduled for Sunday at 1 p.m. ET at Hard Rock Stadium, will not be played in Miami on Sunday, the NFL announced today.

In the interest of public safety in light of the current state of emergency, the NFL, in consultation with state and local officials as well as both clubs, has decided that playing an NFL game in South Florida this week is not appropriate.

The league will continue to examine other options, including playing the game this Sunday at a neutral site or in Miami later this season, and will provide an update on that decision as soon as possible