He might just get his wish.
NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported Tuesday that Tampa is planning “to make a strong push” for Jackson, according to a source.
The former Eagles and Redskins receiver will be a popular figure in free agency, but Rapoport told NFL Network on Tuesday that the Bucs harbor the “most” interest, saying: “It is real and it is legitimate.”
“I’ve met him before, and we want DeSean. You better believe we want DeSean here,” Winston said in February, per the Tampa Bay Times. “I think he would be a great asset to our team. Me growing up an Eagles fan, seeing what he did for the Eagles and back in his Cal days and even with the Redskins, I would love to have DeSean.”
The 30-year-old Jackson can still play, leading the NFL last season in yards per catch (17.9) while racking up his fifth career 1,000-yard campaign. He operated as a critical piece in Washington’s high-octane offense and would instantly upgrade an already-juicy Bucs attack likely to part ways with 34-year-old receiver Vincent Jackson.
Winston’s wishes make plenty of sense. With the fascinating Mike Evans locked in as Tampa’s No. 1 wideout, the Bucs would give defenses fits adding Jackson to the mix alongside promising tight end Cameron Brate.
Free agency officially kicks off Thursday, but it’s entirely possible we’ll know Jackson’s future long before then.