Cornerback J.C. Jackson is a free agent now that the 2022 offseason has begun. Apparently, the Patriots have not engaged in contract talks with Jackson, which leaves him open to join any number of teams that could use a great defensive back. Here are three possible free agency landing spots for J.C. Jackson.
The Bengals are an up-and-coming team who are way ahead of schedule after their trip to Super Bowl LVI. They need a few more pieces to become a real AFC super power, and that obviously begins with the offensive line. However, part of why they lost in the Super Bowl was their inability to really lockdown receivers.
Bengals cornerback Mike Hilton has reportedly already been recruiting Jackson to Cincinnati, clearly thinking he could be the last piece of the puzzle on the defensive side of the football. This team is already opportunistic, and adding a corner who had eight interceptions last year would make opposing teams even more afraid to throw the ball. He could also collect a nice payday in Cincy if the Brown family loosen their grip on their wallets to try and return to the big game.
New York Jets
It is accepted that the Jets may be able to give Jackson a bigger payday than anyone else. If this move is about money more than winning, then a move to the Jets could facilitate that. More than that, he could go to a division rival of the Patriots as a parting shot at the team who apparently refuses to pay him.
He already owns a Super Bowl ring, so he has that on his resume. That could mean he is just ready to go to a low-pressure situation where he gets paid a lot of money. New York is exactly that, as they are not expected to win very much.
Kansas City Chiefs
The Chiefs are always going to be on these kinds of lists. They are all in on a Super Bowl berth before Patrick Mahomes’ contract reaches a truly insane cap hit. This means they need to sign players long term, but for cheap amounts of money per year. Jackson could probably be convinced to take that kind of deal, especially if he is playing for another championship.
Add on that the Chiefs need major help in the secondary. Tyrann Mathieu could be gone, and Daniel Sorenson is one of the worst defenders the NFL has to offer. When Kansas City was below .500 three different times during the season, the defense was mainly to blame. It stepped up at the end of the season, but they could use a ball hawk corner on the back end.
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