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Vincent Jackson leaves Chargers for Buccaneers

The Buccaneers confirmed the acquisition of Jackson with a five-year deal Tuesday night. The pact is worth $55.55 million - AP reports all the fives are in honor of Bucs QB Josh Freeman, who wears jersey No. 5 - and will pay $36 million in the first three seasons.

The Bucs tweeted: "If you've been containing your excitement, it's now official: WR Vincent Jackson to the Bucs, five-year deal! Huge move just hours into FA."

Jackson's agent, Neil Schwartz, tells USA TODAY's Jarrett Bell: "Vincent is ecstatic to be a Buccaneer. I give a lot of credit to (Bucs GM) Mark Dominik for being aggressive and having a good feel of the marketplace."

Jackson, who had an often contentious relationship with Chargers GM A.J. Smith, had 1,000 or more receiving yards in three of the past four seasons as the key element to San Diego's signature vertical attack; 2010 was the exception when Jackson held out for most of the season in a contract dispute. Smith put the franchise tag on him in 2011 but declined to use it again last week.

Jackson, a two-time Pro Bowler, caught 60 balls for 1,106 yards and nine TDs last year. He would provide Freeman a needed deep threat and another welcome body - Jackson is 6-5, 230 pounds - in the red zone.



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