J.C. Jackson and Patriots Hit a Wall in Contract Talks

J.C. Jackson has been one of the best cornerbacks in the league for the past four seasons now. In fact, nobody in NFL history has recorded as many interceptions as J.C. Jackson has in their first four seasons in the league. When you have the nickname, Mr. INT, it’s safe to say you make a living off these types of plays.

The franchise tag window just opened up the other day. Teams now have until March 8th to hit their stars players with the franchsie tag or else they have to watch them walk in free agency. Nobody was expecting Jackson to really fall to a place where they needed to tag him, but here we are. The Pro Bowl cornerback said that the Patriots haven’t even discussed a new contract with him yet.

When asked about it, Jackson said, “I guess they feel like they don’t need me. I guess I can’t be that important to them. I know I am, but they’re not showing me.” Since coming into the league as an undrafted free agent back in 2018, he has been phenomenal. He has 25 interceptions since entering the league and just finished up his first season as a full-time starter. This past year, he recorded a league high 23 passes defensed and eight interceptions.

What Would J.C. Jackson’s Contract Look Like?

Nobody is quite sure what to expect in terms of financial reciprocation for his production. Jackson said that the team talked to him about an extension late last season, but those talks came to a halt. However, they didn’t end poorly. Instead, Jackson said that he and the team put those talks to the side to focus on football for that particular year. Now it feels like they are waiting a bit too long.

Jackson has said that he is open to playing on the franchise tag for at least one season. The tag would net him $17.295 million for the upcoming season. Although, he is continuing to make it very clear that he wants to be locked down. Whether that be in New England or someplace else.

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