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Malik Jackson and Jaguars could reach agreement before start of league year

The Jaguars could reportedly agree in principle with one of the biggest free agents before the start of the league year.

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The Jacksonville Jaguars could reportedly reach an agreement with Denver Broncos free agent defensive lineman Malik Jackson before the start of the league year, according to Jason LaCanfora of

The Jaguars have been heavily pursuing Jackson throughout the offseason and this could be the first splash of the offseason.

Malik Jackson is an excellent interior pass rusher. As a member of one of the league's most prolific pass rush units, Jackson built his name in his first year as a full-time starter in 2015 and now looks to cash out in free agency. Oakland and Jacksonville seem like likely landing spots -- mostly because of the colossal amount of cap space between the two clubs, but also because of a shared desire to strengthen their defensive interiors.

Versatility headlines a large part of Jackson's resume. Jackson unearthed production as a 3-4 edge rusher in 2014, and could find success bouncing inside and out for Jacksonville. Jackson is definitely not a true 4-3 edge, but could uncover a role as a 3-tech/big end rotational asset in the Jaguars scheme.

Read more about how Jackson fits with the Jaguars defensive scheme here.