Set to lose both Timmy Jernigan and Haloti Ngata on the open market, the Eagles helped kick off the legal tampering period by agreeing to terms with defensive tackle Malik Jackson, as first reported by ESPN's Josina Anderson.
Multiple teams told ESPN that they believe Jackson will be released instead of traded. It appears a reunion could be in store as Laine writes that the Eagles, too, have interest in their second round pick from 2008. He has 589 catches for 10,261 yards and 53 touchdowns in his career. The deal is reportedly worth $10 million, with $5.5 million guaranteed. The stunning release came the same day as a report by NJ.com detailing Jackson's ties to gang members in Los Angeles. Jackson averaged a league 18.9 yards per catch last season, a year in which he had 44 catches for 774 yards and four touchdowns. He also had four punt returns for scores during his time in Philadelphia. Jacksonville cut Jackson to avoid paying him $13 million this year.
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Rather, they're being proactive sweeping through the free agent market signing players entering their prime, not leaving it. The contract is a bit pricey but it will be well worth it if the Jets defense could live up to its apparent potential.
The Eagles feature three receivers - Jordan Matthews, Golden Tate and Mike Wallace - with expiring contracts who could be lost by the end of this week. But, during the 2016 and 2017 season, Jackson played all 32 games and recorded 14.5 sacks.
Now that Jackson is officially part of the mix, all eyes will be on the 29-year-old defender to see how much of an impact he can make on defense to put the Eagles in the best position possible to compete.