What does this mean for Jackson’s future in New England? Bill Belichick isn’t afraid to use the tag, even if there’s a chance the player doesn’t end up signing a long term deal. He’s also fine with using the tag to flip a player in a trade. Knowing this history, and given the lack of another obvious tag candidate (Devin McCourty would probably be the next-most logical option) it would be surprising if the Patriots don’t tag Jackson before the Mar. 8 deadline. After that, every option should be on the table.
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