Jackson injured his groin Sunday against the Titans and is questionable to return, John Oehser of the Jaguars' official site reports. With little time left in the game, it's unlikely Jackson has time to return. This means we'll likely have to wait until after the game, and possibly later in the week, to learn about his status going forward.
Jackson dropped 12 pounds between OTA's and the start of training camp, Jacksonville.com reports. Jackson, who signed a six-year deal with the Jaguars this offseason worth up to $85.5 million, said he spoke with coaches during OTA's and took their advice to heart. "The two things they talked to me about before we left for our break was losing weight and my cardio," Jackson said. "Coach Wash pulled me aside and said that's what I needed to work on." The 26-year-old played at around 308 pounds in 2015, when he recorded 5.0 sacks and 45 combined tackles, helping to lead the Broncos to a Super Bowl victory. As the headliner of a seven-man Jags free agent class, expectations will be high for Jackson, but head coach Gus Bradley is pleased with what he's seen thus far. "He has done a good job," Bradley said Friday. "I'll tell you what, he does a good job working on the edge. You know when you see him on a guard. Good technique and conditioning, he plays on the edge a little bit more and he shows some rushing."
Jackson is poised to sign with the Jaguars, ESPN.com reports. The report notes that the defensive lineman's anticipated five or six-year deal with Jacksonville is expected to average in the range of $15 million per season. Jackson is coming off a 2015 season in which he recorded 45 tackles and five sacks for the Broncos, with the Florida Times-Union suggesting that Jackson seems likely "to play the three-technique defensive tackle position" with the Jaguars, while splitting time with Sen'Derrick Marks.
Jackson remains a priority for the Broncos to re-sign, but he could be poised to test the free agent market if the team places its exclusive franchise tag on Von Miller, the Denver Post reports. Jackson is reportedly seeking a contract worth around $14 million per season, but the Broncos have only offered less than $11 million thus far. As a result, the parties haven't been able to strike agreement on a long-term deal. With Miller's situation at a similar, albeit more expensive, hurdle, Denver may have to prioritize one player for its franchise tag before Tuesday's deadline. That almost certainly will be Miller, thus leaving Jackson to take calls from interested teams and potentially sign elsewhere this offseason.
Jackson recorded five tackles, one tackle for a loss, one quarterback hit, a fumble recovery and a touchdown in Denver's Super Bowl 50 victory over Carolina. Jackson pounced on Von Miller's first strip sack of Cam Newton, giving Denver a 10-0 lead in the first quarter. The team never looked back. Jackson didn't record a sack in the playoffs, and managed a modest five during the season, but established himself as a disruptive interior force. The Broncos locked up Jackson's other half, Derek Wolfe, and have Von Miller's contract to worry about, likely making Jackson one of the better free agent defensive linemen.
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