Week 12 last season, the Patriots were under .500 and many fans were already thinking ahead to the offseason. That’s not the case this year. With the team squarely in attention, there hasn’t been much talk about what kind of changes we’ll see this spring.
That being said, there are some big names that could move this offseason – none bigger than cornerback J.C. Jackson. After being tendered as an RFA last year, Jackson is set to become an unrestricted free agent in March. On Friday, Jackson was asked about his thoughts on his future, and if he’d be open to remaining in New England.
“I love playing for the New England Patriots – playing under Coach Belichick,” he told reporters. “I have grown as a football player since I’ve been here. I would say I’ve learned the game. I love it here, man. This is a place that brought me in gave me a chance from Day 1. I would love to be a New England Patriot for a long time.”
With a potentially market-setting deal facing him if and when he does hit the market, Jackson is doing is best to not think ahead. “I just don’t know. Like, there’s nothing I can really do but just keep doing what I’m doing. Whatever happens, happens,” he said. “I try not to think about that right now. My main focus this week is Tennessee, and that’s it. The contract – everything else is going to take care of itself.”
“I’m a football player, I’m not an agent,” he continued. “So when it comes to negotiating contracts I’ll leave that up to my agent. I’ll let them deal with that stuff and I’ll just focus on football. That’s how I look at it. That’s how I control the situation.”
So far this season, Jackson has six interceptions and a league-high 14 pass breakups. He’s had 23 interceptions in his three-plus years with the Patriots, with a career high of nine in 2020.
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