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DeSean Jackson requests trade from Buccaneers, per report

Add another receiver to the list of players possibly on the market before Tuesday's trade deadline.

DeSean Jackson has requested a trade from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, according to NFL Media's Ian Rapoport.

Jackson, 31, remains one of the NFL's foremost deep threats and has a league-best 22.9 yards per reception (526 yards on 23 catches) among qualified receivers. But the three-time Pro Bowl selection has struggled to establish a connection with Jameis Winston since the quarterback took over for Ryan Fitzpatrick after returning from suspension. In a 26-23 overtime against the Cleveland Browns last week, Jackson had a season-low two catches for 25 yards.

It's unclear whether general manager Jason Licht and head coach Dirk Koetter would be content to send Jackson packing as the 3-3 Buccaneers try to scrape back into playoff contention. But Tampa Bay could look to forge ahead at receiver with Mike Evans and Chris Godwin, who are the team's most frequently targeted players and are both under 26. 

Jackson is earning $11 million this year, but his $10 million salary in 2019 is not guaranteed. 

The Denver Broncos' Demaryius Thomas and the Miami Dolphins' DeVante Parker are among the other receivers who could be on the trade market, while the Oakland Raiders have already sent pass catcher Amari Cooper to the Dallas Cowboys for a 2019 first-round pick.

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