2019 NFL Free Agency: Malik Jackson is ‘close to a new deal’ with Eagles
The 2019 NFL Free Agency rumor mill is heating up as the Philadelphia Eagles have been linked to former Jaguars’ defensive tackle, Malik Jackson.
*Update: The Deal is expected to be three years for $30 million total, per Adam Schefter.
The Philadelphia Eagles are approaching their most productive time of the offseason. Sure, they have to focus a ton on the NFL Draft, but for the last few seasons, the NFL Free Agency period has been Howie Roseman’s money maker. Or money spender, actually.
This season, the Eagles were headed into the Free Agency period strapped for cap space. Over the last couple of weeks though, Roseman made a few tweaks and just like that, the Eagles have over $20 million in cap space available.
What will the Eagles do with it? Well, that’s the most exciting part. Nobody expected the Eagles to have this much space to work with, but the restructures and cuts made it happen. Now, we can expect Howie Roseman to make a big splash in Free Agency as he vows to remain aggressive throughout the offseason. So far, the Eagles have been linked to a few players, but it sounds like they are prioritizing the defensive line right now.
The Eagles get linked to Malik Jackson
According to Josina Anderson, Jacksonville Jaguars’ defensive tackle, Malik Jackson is “expected to sign with the Eagles. The Eagles aren’t the only team involved with negotiations though. Apparently, the Green Bay Packers are in on the action as well but it looks like Jackson has made up his mind. As the Eagles released Timmy Jernigan last week to get rid of his contract, they are definitely in the market for another defensive tackle to play alongside Fletcher Cox.
Last season, Jackson totaled for 3.5 sacks along with 32 total tackles, seven of which were for losses. While Jackson managed to stay healthy for the past six seasons, he only started in ten games last season as his production dropped off a bit. Even with his production going down though, he was seemingly more productive than both, Jernigan and Haloti Ngata in 2018.