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Former Jaguars DT Malik Jackson headed to Philly?

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Former Jaguars Pro Bowl defensive tackle Malik Jackson was one of salary cap casualty late last week. However, like teammate RB Carlos Hyde signing quickly with the Chiefs, it looks like Jackson will also land in a better spot, as free agency begins.

ESPN NFL insider Josina Anderson had the info on Monday morning first:

Numerous outlets are reporting that it’s a three year deal with the Eagles that could pay Jackson, as much as, $30 million with bonuses and incentives.

A former fifth round pick of the Broncos in 2012, Jackson signed as a free agent in North Florida in 2016. Jackson had his best season in Jacksonville’s playoff run of 2017. He started all 16 games and had 10 TFLs and eight sacks in making his first Pro Bowl. Playing along side veterans Calais Campbell and Marcel Dareus, as well as young pass rushers Dante Fowler and Yannick Ngakoue, the Jaguars quickly built a feared defensive unt.

However, just like Jacksonville overall, Jackon’s play tapered off in 2018 and he had only 7 TFLs and 3.5 sacks last year, while the team finished 5-11.

So, at $15 million for 2019 in non-guaranteed salary this season, it made Jackson expendable. The Jags will save $9 million of Jackson’s money to count on their 2019 cap. But, in releasing him, they will still have $6 million in “dead cap” carrying on 2019.

As for the Eagles, they obviously won the Super Bowl two years ago and were a playoff team in 2018 that won the Wildcard Game at the Bears. So, Jackson is joining an immediate playoff contender. He also will be paired with one of the best defensive linemen in the NFL in Fletcher Cox.

In addition to Hyde and Jackson, he Jaguars also had to release starting safety Tashaun Gipson in their salary cap slash late last week. They still are in the bottom third of the NFL in salary cap room, as this week gets going for free agency.

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