One of the biggest names in free agency right now has been Denver Broncos defensive end Malik Jackson. It now looks like he will be locked up very soon and he won’t be returning to the Mile High City.
ESPN’s Josina Anderson reported that Jackson would be leaving Denver and heading to a much warmer state: Florida. He told he would be signing with the Jacksonville Jaguars with the beginning of the new league year.
Just got off the phone with #Broncos DE Malik Jackson. I asked if definitively intends to leave Denver for Jacksonville. He said, “yes."
— IG: JosinaAnderson (@JosinaAnderson) March 8, 2016
NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport later confirmed that his deal is set to be a long one. Jackson will sign the six-year deal on Wednesday and details about the deal will certainly come out in the coming hours.
It's a 6-year deal for the #Jaguars and DT Malik Jackson. He'll sign when the league year opens tomorrow.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 8, 2016
Jackson recorded 124 tackles and 15.5 sacks in four seasons with Broncos. He also recorded seven pass deflections in 2015, which adds to his career total of 19, as well as a fumble recovery for a touchdown in Super Bowl 50.
This is a huge pickup for the Jaguars as they will now have one of the youngest defensive lines in the NFL entering the 2016 season. With Dante Fowler Jr. returning from injury and Michael Bennett and Jared Odrick in the interior, Jackson seems like the cherry on top of the sundae for the Jaguars.
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