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NFL free agency: Is Malik Jackson one of the Jaguars targets?

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Could one of the big names in free agency be Malik Jackson?

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The news for NFL free agency is starting to pick up and while we know some of the players the Jacksonville Jaguars could have interest in, news of who they might actually have interest in is now starting to trickle out. One name who many Jaguars fans are now familiar with is Denver Broncos versatile lineman Malik Jackson, is now rumored to be one of the main targets for the Jaguars in free agency.

At least, according to Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk:

One name that has emerged now that the legal tampering window has opened is Jaguars defensive lineman Malik Jackson. A defensive end in Denver's 3-4 alignment, Jackson potentially could become a Michael Bennett-style presence in Jacksonville, playing outside on running downs and sliding inside on passing downs.

Why Jackson makes sense for the Jaguars

We've talked about Malik Jackson quite a bit here, Cole Hartley even did an excellent breakdown of how he could be utilized within the Jaguars defensive scheme. As Florio mentioned, the Jaguars could use him in the same manner the Seattle Seahawks use Michael Bennett, working him inside and out depending on the situation. With Sen'Derrick Marks ending up on IR the past two seasons, it wouldn't be a shock for the Jaguars to look to upgrade their interior pass rushing and Jackson would be a fit.

Why Jackson doesn't make sense for the Jaguars

I can't really think of anything glaring here to say why the Jaguars shouldn't sign him, other than he might be a product of cleaning up after Von Miller and Demarcus Ware, but really that's part of the risk of free agency. You have an idea of what you're getting, but not the whole story.