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Vincent Jackson to stay with Bucs, GM Licht says

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The Arizona Cardinals and Larry Fitzgerald reached a deal Wednesday to circumvent free agency. Will the same hold true for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Vincent Jackson?

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General manager Jason Licht said, via Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times, that he will meet with Jackson's agent at the NFL Scouting Combine this week.

Asked if Jackson will be on the roster this season, Licht responded, "Absolutely. We really like Vincent Jackson."

The two sides will presumably discuss a restructure of Jackson's contract, which carries one of the highest cap numbers of any NFL wide receiver this season, at $12.209 million.

It has been widely speculated that Jackson's future with the team is up in the air due to the inflated salary, his availability at last October's trade deadline and a disappointing season while playing through wrist, rib and knee injuries.

The Bucs value his leadership, however, and clearly believe he has plenty left in the tank at age 32.

If Licht opts for a quarterback at No. 1 overall in the 2015 NFL Draft, the rookie will be throwing to twin towers in Jackson and Mike Evans.

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