The Jacksonville Jaguars agreed to terms with free agent defensive lineman Malik Jackson on Tuesday, but the deal will not be official until Wednesday at 4 p.m. EST when NFL free agency officially opens. The deal for Jackson was reportedly in the range of $15 million per year and details are now starting to trickle out what the deal actually is.
Malik Jackson got $31.5 million fully guaranteed over first two years of 6-year, $85.5M deal from #Jaguars. Another $10.5M for injury.— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) March 9, 2016
As expected, Jackson's deal is very front loaded to get a lot of the guaranteed money out of the way early so if necessary you can get out of the deal with minimal long term issues on the salary cap. In reality, it's a two-year, $31.5 million deal for Jackson, so like the rest of Dave Caldwell's big money deals in free agency, it's both very player and team friendly.
We don't have the year-by-year breakdown as of yet, but $10.5 million of Jackson's reported $13.5 million in 2018 becomes guaranteed if he's on the roster past a certain day in March of that year. This gives the Jaguars flexibility to add a ton of cap room if the deal doesn't work out for the team with minimal dead money.