Enter new coach Bruce Arians.
NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported Saturday morning on Good Morning Football Weekend that Arians hopes to have Jackson return to the Buccaneers.
The speedy receiver, who has one year remaining on his contract, began the season with three 100-yard games over the first four contests and three touchdowns, but that was as a beneficiary of FitzMagic as quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick was at the helm in the early going. When Jameis Winston returned, Jackson's numbers waned and he finished the campaign with 41 receptions for 774 yards and four touchdowns in 12 games.
"Remember this is the same guy that asked to be traded during the season; the same guy that really struggled to get on the same page with Jameis Winston," Rapoport said.
Upon his hiring to helm the Bucs -- which was official on Thursday -- Arians begun adding personnel to his staff, but retaining Jackson whose 18.9 yards per catch led the league (the third time in his career he's accomplished that feat) is a priority.
Now that he's got Jackson's number, the goal is to convince the 11-year veteran that he and Winston can dial up a connection that hasn't panned out thus far in Jackson's two years with the franchise.