New England Patriots

FOXBOROUGH, MASSACHUSETTS - JANUARY 13: J.C. Jackson #27 of the New England Patriots reacts during the second quarter in the AFC Divisional Playoff Game against the Los Angeles Chargers at Gillette Stadium on January 13, 2019 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Cornerback J.C. Jackson has signed his restricted free agent (RFA) tender with the Patriots, as first reported by Jeff Howe of The Athletic. Jackson previously revealed through his Instagram story that he had agreed to some form of player contract.

Jackson logged a career-high nine interceptions in the 2020 season for the Patriots, second in the NFL only to Xavien Howard of the Miami Dolphins. Jackson has played in 45 of a possible 48 games since signing with the Patriots as an undrafted free agent in 2018, with 22 starts. He’s also played four playoff games (two starts), including an appearance in Super Bowl LIII as a rookie. In total, Jackson has made 17 interceptions in his young career.

“This [expletive] a blessing,” Jackson’s Instagram story says with a photo of himself signing the contract. Jackson will now play the 2021 season for a tender of $3.3 million.

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