William Jackson may be the best corner the Jacksonville Jaguars can sign.
William Jackson III may lack the star power, and the accolades Richard Sherman or Patrick Peterson have. Nevertheless, he will still be one of the best cornerbacks available in this year’s free agency, as he’s been pretty consistent over his four-year career.
Since being taken in the first round of 2016’s draft by the Cincinnati Bengals, Jackson has registered 150 tackles (five for a loss), 41 passes defensed, and three interceptions. Last season, he posted a 71.4 Pro Football Focus grade and hasn’t graded lower than just once in his career. You could argue the Trinity Valley CC standout doesn’t create many turnovers, but the fact he has defensed at least ten passes three times during his tenure in Cincy should make up for it.
PFF predicts Jackson will get a three-year $40 million deal, which is a bit more than what they think Peterson will get while Spotrac projects the deal will have the same length but it will be worth just $18 million. The Jaguars would surely love to pay Jackson the later figure, but even if they had to offer him $10 million per year, he would still be a solid acquisition.
Signing Jackson in the open market is not the kind of move that gets plenty of headlines but the Jaguars’ brass won’t probably mind it if he becomes an impact player in their secondary.