The Jacksonville Jaguars and Denver Broncos Malik Jackson have reportedly agreed to a deal in principle that will make him the NFL’s fourth highest-paid defensive lineman, based on annual average over the first three, four and five years of a long-term deal, according to Mike Klis of 9news.com.
The framework of the deal was negotiated late Monday night by Jackson’s agent Jack Scharf and Jacksonville executive John Idzik. The contract will become official as of Wednesday afternoon at 4pm EST when the new league calendar begins. It's a six-year deal, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.
It's a 6-year deal for the #Jaguars and DT Malik Jackson. He'll sign when the league year opens tomorrow.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 8, 2016
The #Jaguars deal for DL Malik Jackson is 6 years, $90M with $42M guaranteed, source said. So, wow.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 8, 2016
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.
We'll have more on the details of the Jackson deal as they come available and will also have a write up later on about what he brings to the table, but for now check out our film breakdown and analysis of how Jackson fits into the Jaguars defense.