Schefter's initial report mistakenly placed the total value at $10 million, which is actually the annual average. The updated terms are far more reasonable, considering Jackson is 29 years old and had 18 sacks in his three seasons with Jacksonville. He'll slide in as a starter next to Fletcher Cox, giving the Eagles a solid argument for the most fearsome interior-line duo in the league, though it could just as easily be argued that Aaron Donald plus any warm body is superior.
Jackson was released by the Jaguars on Friday after playing out three seasons of a six-year, $85.5 million contract. He'll settle for a much smaller sum in his second shot at the open market, with Adam Schefter of ESPN reporting the new deal is for three years and $10 million. Jackson likely will slide in as a starter alongside Fletcher Cox, while fellow defensive tackle Tim Jernigan is set to become a free agent after the Eagles decided not to pick up his option for 2019. The 29-year-old Jackson played all 48 games in his three seasons with Jacksonville, averaging 35 tackles and six sacks per year. The contract sounds like an absolute steal if the initial numbers are indeed correct.
Jackson made it through three seasons of a six-year, $85.5 million contract, recording 105 tackles (84 solo) and 18 sacks in 48 games for the Jaguars. Still just 29 years old, he'll be one of the top defensive tackles available in free agency, despite having a down season (3.5 sacks) in 2018.
The reasoning seems fairly transparent, as the Jaguars are in need of an upgrade at quarterback and don't have a lot of room in the salary cap to pursue many of the top-end options. Entering the 2019 season with a $15 million non-guaranteed salary certainly makes Jackson a candidate to be moved, but with such a high price tag it seems more likely the Jaguars will simply be forced to release the veteran defensive tackle as opposed to finding a willing trade partner.
Jackson had four tackles (three solo) and 1.5 sacks in Sunday's loss at Houston to finish the season with 32 tackles (25 solo) and 3.5 sacks.
Jackson produced his worst statistical season since 2014 and for the final two weeks of the season ranked third among Jacksonville's defensive tackles in snap count. The veteran defensive tackle carries a cap hit over $15 million in 2019, and could be released with a dead cap of only $4 million, per Spotrac, and may very well be let go with the team struggling for cap space. Jacksonville also drafted defensive tackle Taven Bryan in the first round of last year's draft, meaning his potential replacement could already be on the roster.
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