After weeks of speculation, J.C. Jackson finally got his big money deal on Monday. The first-time free agent signed a five-year deal with the Los Angeles Chargers worth up to $82.5 million with $40 million guaranteed.
Shortly after the deal was announced, Jackson spoke with NBC Sports Boston’s Phil Perry about his decision. “Love LA. Love Cali,” he told Perry. “Not only that, the defense, I think I can add some value to that defense. That’s a stacked group, and imagine me [there]…It’s going to be scary.”
As for the team he’s leaving? “It was a great experience,” Jackson said of his time in New England, via Perry. “Learned a lot. Got a chance to win a Super Bowl. Got to play with great players, play for one of the best coaches ever in Coach Belichick. I want to thank them for everything they did for me.”
According to Perry the Patriots recently offered Jackson a deal at the NFL Combine, as well as during the 2021 season, but Jackson and his camp wanted to see his value on the open market. CLNS Media’s Evan Lazar reported that the Patriots’ offer to Jackson was “close to $17 million APY” but the difference came down to the total years and the guaranteed money.
With Jackson now out of the picture and players like Devin McCourty and Jakobi Meyers signed and tendered respectively, a number of the Patriots’ significant pending free agents are now accounted for. Bigger names still remaining include Dont’a Hightower, Ja’Whaun Bentley, Trent Brown, and James White.
Nov 18, 2021; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; New England Patriots cornerback J.C. Jackson (27) runs after intercepting a pass against the Atlanta Falcons during the fourth quarter at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 7, 2021; Charlotte, North Carolina, USA; New England Patriots cornerback J.C. Jackson (27) celebrates his pick six with safety Adrian Phillips (21) during the second half at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 28, 2021; Foxborough, Massachusetts, USA; New England Patriots cornerback J.C. Jackson (27) reacts after intercepting a pass in the Tennessee Titans end zone in the second half at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 7, 2021; Charlotte, North Carolina, USA; New England Patriots cornerback J.C. Jackson (27) returns an interception for a touchdown as Carolina Panthers wide receiver Robby Anderson (11) defends in the third quarter at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports
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