J.C. Jackson represents the most notable pending free agent from New England entering the start of the new league year. After reports emerged last week that the Patriots are not expected to place the franchise tag on the team’s top corner, his value on the open market could soar. According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, Jackson is gaining plenty of interest from lucrative sources.
“I know they made some moves to try to keep him,” Rapoport said of the Patriots’ push to keep Jackson in New England. “It seems he is set to test free agency. He is going to be very richly paid. One of the top corners potentially going elsewhere.”
NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo identified the Los Angeles Chargers as a possible suitor for Jackson.
“Keep an eye on the #Chargers in the free-agent corner market,” Garafolo tweeted. “They could be in the mix for Gilmore and/or Jackson.”
According to Spotrac.com, the Chargers have the second-highest projected cap space with over $57 million entering this offseason. That could be enough to get a deal done.
A reunion with Jackson is growing less and less likely, between the money he will make on the market in addition to his feelings about not feeling needed by the Patriots. Jackson will gain plenty of interest and will come with a massive paycheck as he determines where his football career will lead him through his next contract.