Malik Jackson deal worth up to $90 million, $42 million fully guaranteed

AP

Shortly after word of a deal between the Jaguars and defensive end Malik Jackson broke on Tuesday, Jackson took to Twitter to share a message.

“What a time to be alive,” Jackson wrote.

For an unrestricted free agent defensive end coming off a strong year for the Super Bowl champs, indeed it is. Mike Klis of KUSA and Ian Rapoport of NFL Media have both reported the early numbers of the deal that Jackson has agreed to and it’s a big one.

Jackson is signing a six-year deal worth $85.5 million with another $4.5 million available in playing time incentives at the back end of the contract. Of that total payout, $45 million comes in the first three years and $42 million is guaranteed with Klis reporting that the guarantees cover both skill and injury.

That $15 million a year average pushes Jackson to the top tier of defensive linemen in the NFL in terms of compensation. If he plays like a member of that tier as well, the Jaguars will have taken a big step toward their first winning record since 2007.

103 responses to “Malik Jackson deal worth up to $90 million, $42 million fully guaranteed

  1. has it ever worked for a bottom feeder to overpay for a guy that was a cog in a good machine?

    Julius Thomas sure worked out great…

  2. All I gotta say is what a waste of money. Players disappeared after getting paid. When will nfl owners come to realize this. Look at Redskins with Haynesworth and Suh with Dolphins, for example.

  3. Has Jacksonville just gone brain-dead LOL. That’s ridiculous to pay that position that kind of money. This is the first day of free agency and they could’ve got better value. Jackson is not worth that type of money. No way in hell

  4. I guess you get more for falling on the fumble in the super bowl than for causing the fumble (Von Miller).

    Talk about a stupid case of chasing mediocre players on a great team.

    They’d be better off signing Wade Phillips to that kind of contract. It would pay better dividends.

  5. Overpaid. Enjoy mediocrity in Jacksonville without Von and D Ware to take the double teams.
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    Don’t worry. Fowler and Bosa will draw those double teams now.

  6. Suh dissapeared with the Dolphins? i take it you didnt watch a single game…

    so many talking heads on here that have no idea what they are talking about.

  7. wow….thats crazeeeeee numbers….and I thought the dolphins overpaid Suh….Suh is a beast, Jackson….. well lets just say he is not Suh.

  8. Was hoping the Raiders would make a run at this dude…but with that asking price I’m glad we didn’t now. Dude can ball tho..aint taking nothing away from him. But that’s allot of paper right there.

  9. Kahn is clueless. This kind of a move is how you build a team and get to London to compete with the Pats in the AFC?

    FAIL!

    They should be loading up on draft picks and doubling down in the middle rounds.

    This is why these witch hunts vs the Pats exist…This is the complete opposite of what Belichick would do.

    Complete opposite. You build your team, at the base of it, through the draft, budget wisely for those you want to keep, and then leverage the market properly to strategically sign mid/above average players who don’t gouge for insane contracts that handicap your team.

    Huge mistake by Jax, but the fact Elway can’t keep any of the good players he mistakenly drafted is also poor GM work.

  10. Not a broncos guy so for what it’s worth… but seriously outside looking in that is WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY too much. That is stupid money, if he were worth that he would have made way more headlines and given way more interviews because people would have actually cared who he was.

  11. With the signing of Jackson, Fowler returning from injury and the 5th overall pick, the Jags are positioning themselves to really improve defensively on an already potent offense with Bortles, Yeldon, Robinson, Hurns and Thomas. They may have overpaid but they have to spend nearly 90 million of cap and they could have done a lot worse.

    -Not a Jags fan

  12. Overpaid is right! Give 3 years and he will be cut! Not worth it as there are better players than him!

  13. Suh, hainesworth, clowney, m. Williams, dmitirius underwood-never see a high pick or big contract wasted on a d-lineman…it never happens!

  14. robigd says:
    Mar 8, 2016 3:02 PM
    Overpaid. Enjoy mediocrity in Jacksonville without Von and D Ware to take the double teams.
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    Don’t worry. Fowler and Bosa will draw those double teams now.

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    No hate bro, seriously, but I didn’t just lol, I belly laughed.

  15. “All I gotta say is what a waste of money. Players disappeared after getting paid. When will nfl owners come to realize this. Look at Redskins with Haynesworth and Suh with Dolphins, for example”

    I guess you mean every player not named J.J. Watt

  16. Jackson is a B+ player, deserving of about 50% of that amount. Congrats to him!

    Too Jacksonville, they continue to show why they have been & will remain in the bottom 30% of the league wins collumn.

  17. Good for him! However, the fact of the matter is that high profile free agents almost always end up getting overpaid.

    Think of it this way: there is a really nice house out there, and a bunch of people put a bid on it. In general, the average value of all the bids tends to be pretty close to the real value of the home. However, since the highest bid wins, the winner usually overpays!

    That’s why building through draft and lower profile free agents tends to be a more viable approach.

  18. Seems like an overpay, but you can’t blame him for cashing in on his one payday. It will quell the delusions of so many of the Bronco fans who kept saying everybody would just take a discount to stay in Nirvana. Back to reality. That is how the NFL works and you need to keep retooling the roster every year!

  19. He will be asked to restructure after next season, then cut after three years. That is the only guarantee

  20. He is getting paid what the market dictates, and you always have to overpay a bit in free agency to get the guy you want. This is nothing new, not sure why people get surprised every year. Jacksonville wants to win, and theyre pushing some chips in the center of the table. I like it, good for them. Tomorrow is not promised. They get Dante Fowler coming back as well. Couple of nice young bookends at the most valued position in the NFL outside of Quarterback.

  21. Wow. What the hell is Fletcher Cox going to cost the Eagles? I thought Jackson had a good year but not an elite year and it was only one year. This may be twice as much as he deserves maybe more. Crazy!

  22. “td30 says:
    Mar 8, 2016 2:57 PM
    has it ever worked for a bottom feeder to overpay for a guy that was a cog in a good machine?

    Julius Thomas sure worked out great…”
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    Julius Thomas IS working out great. He already put up better numbers in Jax than in Denver

  23. People saying Jackson is only good and not elite are completely clueless. He’s by far one of the most dominant defensive tackles in the NFL Now, the numbers…. I agree, it’s pure insanity for a DT.

  24. People are hating on the Jags, but they are assembling quite a bit of talent, and still have a bunch of cap room. They had about 70 million or so for this year open before this deal.

    Plus Bortles threw for 35 TD’s last year against 18 INTs, and 4400+ yards.

    If the Jags are a playoff team next year it sure and the hell won’t surprise me.

    He’s getting paid because just about everyone has some insane cap space. That’s what happens when teams are more prudent, quicker to cut, sign shorter deals, no longer have the big rookie contracts (of prior CBS) on their books, and 10-15 million per year raises in the cap for a few years in a row.

    Expect some pretty crazy deals.

  25. When a D lineman makes triple what your qb makes, you got issues. For those that still think that Suh was a good pick up? No playoffs is no playoffs. I’m all for signing a stud defensive player. You have to already have your other pieces in place before you do it.

  26. This will absolutely prove to be a mistake. These are not the kind of moves you make with your money when you’re that far away from a championship.

    In the NBA, you can change your entire fortune with the addition of one major player. In the NFL, unless you’re a QB, it’s almost impossible.

  27. So he could literally never play a single down for the Jags and still pocket $42 mil. Dayum.

  28. I’m not a Jags fan but I hope this works out. The Jags have more cap space than is possible to spend and got one of the market’s best free agents. They had to overpay to lure him in so be it, let’s see the man play before writing this off as a failure.

  29. kayakattack says:
    Mar 8, 2016 3:22 PM
    “td30 says:
    Mar 8, 2016 2:57 PM
    has it ever worked for a bottom feeder to overpay for a guy that was a cog in a good machine?

    Julius Thomas sure worked out great…”
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    Julius Thomas IS working out great. He already put up better numbers in Jax than in Denver

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    Better numbers in JAX than Denver?

    Denver 2013: 65 catches, 788 yds, 12 TD in 14 gm’s.
    Denver 2014: 43 catches, 489 yds, 12 TD in 13 gm’s
    Jacksonville 2015: 46 catches, 455 yds, 5 TD in 12 gm’s

    Or were you being sarcastic? Cause then I get it.

  30. Cue the Salty Denver fans. Newsflash you win the super bowl you lose key players, its life in the NFL .

    Congrats to Jackson grab all you can.

  31. If you put together two really smart football minds and asked them to debate who between Derek Wolfe and Malik Jackson is the better player, you’d get the chance to watch a great discussion. Heck, you’d probably change your own opinion multiple times. Both are great players.

    That said, if you want to know what separates the elite franchises from the rest of the field, consider this: Jackson is getting more guaranteed money from Jacksonville than the entire best case scenario amount Wolfe can earn in his recently signed contract with the Broncos.

  32. Jags have the most cap space of any team in the league…

    Alot of players at certain positions get grossly overpaid in FA…and the Jags probably have to pay even more because we are….well…The Jags.

    I am not buying into the “jags are an up and coming team to look out for” crap that I see quite often…but they might be on a spending spree this year since the GM and Coach are on the clock…12-36 after 3 years has gotten others fired – even those with better records over last 3…

  33. I wish I had a count of how many of these “Jaguars got fleeced, overpaid, he’s not worth it” responses are coming from Denver.

    By the way, before this deal, the Jaguars had the most cap space in the NFL. Now….

    the Jaguars have the most cap space in the NFL.

  34. jmc8888 says:
    Mar 8, 2016 3:31 PM

    People are hating on the Jags, but they are assembling quite a bit of talent, and still have a bunch of cap room. They had about 70 million or so for this year open before this deal.

    $88 million, after they released Beadles and Clemons the other day.

    They still have more cap space than any other team, even after this deal.

  35. With respect to Jackson, who is way talented and is coming off a great season, this really does have the feeling of a typical Jaguars signing.

  36. When I posted before about 15M being crazy cash and Vernon having better stats. That was before I knew Jax has a 4-3 and this guy comes from a 3-4.

  37. broncospianoman says:
    Mar 8, 2016 3:11 PM

    No “star” player coming off a Super Bowl win has EVER signed elsewhere and been a key contributor the very next year. If so, please correct me.

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    Deion Sanders won SB with the 49ers then won the next year with the Cowboys.

  38. WOW.

    I sure hope the Jags studied the tape very carefully to make sure Jackson wasn’t getting credit for play that was more a result of scheme and surrounding talent.

    I think it’s a bit of a head scratcher that the conventional wisdom seem to be go after players on great teams. Seems logical on the surface, but how many times have players been exposed when taken off of those teams?

    If I were a GM, I might take a harder look at guys who managed great production without a lot of talent around them.

  39. the benefit for playing on a SB team in the last yr of a contract…..get over paid by a team that sucks, who will probably end up cutting you before the 3rd yr and get the guaranteed money and get to sign a new contract somewhere else.

  40. Wolfe and Jackson are very good players. I would rate Wolfe a tick better but its debatable.

    Denver signs Wolfe for $9.5 million per year.

    Jags sign Jackson for $15 million per year, $42 mill guaranteed.

    Spot the yearly Super Bowl contender and spot the bottom feeder club.

  41. Insane, stupid money. No wonder ticket prices are so high. Just crazy to pay a guy that kind of money.

  42. Said this in the other thread on him as well; This was more about the Jaguars showing they’re serious about contending this year, and that the ‘rebuild’ is now just ‘building’. Probably over-paid, but you have to in order to get talent to come to you when you’ve been as bad as they were in the past. A good year this coming year and that premium disappears.

  43. 42 million guaranteed.

    Leave it to the Jaguars to screw the pooch (again) and throw everything off.

    Pretty much they have screwed all the other teams and now teams will have to overpay average players which will affect the premier ones, which will throw the whole scale off balance.

    The Jags have done this for years and its not just Julius Thomas.

    Doesn’t make any sense.

    20 million a year for Kurt Cousins

    42 million guaranteed for Malik Jackson

    Its officially out of control.

  44. It’s funny how they picked up cap space for Malik Jackson by cutting Zane Beadles.

  45. tylawspick6 says:
    Mar 8, 2016 3:07 PM
    but the fact Elway can’t keep any of the good players he mistakenly drafted is also poor GM work.
    _______________

    Someone sounds a bit hurt!

  46. The funny thing is after they sign Jackson to this contract they will still have the most cap space available. Overpay it doesn’t matter this contract will never effect the Jaguars cap in a negative way. This contract will be very front loaded to make up for all that cap they have to cover this off-season.

  47. This guy has 14 sacks total – that’s how much he should be getting every season for that much…he had FIVE SACKS last year…!

  48. The only Jags games I saw last year were the opener against my Panthers and the London game vs Buffalo. I thought they had decent parts on both sides of the ball, but still had holes. This signing fills one, and since they have to spend a lot of money this year, it makes sense for them. They also play in a division full of cupcake frosting. I think there is reason for Jags fans to be optimistic.

  49. broncospianoman says:
    Mar 8, 2016 3:11 PM

    No “star” player coming off a Super Bowl win has EVER signed elsewhere and been a key contributor the very next year. If so, please correct me.

    Dieon Sanders…

    #corrected
    #look b4 u leap
    #smell b4 u eat
    #and please think b5 u speak

  50. So much hate. The Jags have the most Cap room in the league, and HAVE to spend big money in order to avoid fines. This dude is rated as one of the best Free agents this season. #4 on PFT’s own list. He’s young with the arrow pointing up. And it isn’t like the Jags are letting go of better players to make this happen. PERSPECTIVE PEOPLE. The Jags needed Defense. They just bought defense. They didn’t trade anything away to make it happen. They still have plenty of money to spend too much on 2 or 3 more players if they want to. Calm down and cool off with the hate. Geez.

  51. With the depth of D-linemen talent in the upcoming draft, John Elway is wise to let Jackson walk.

  52. Jackson will have moderate impact in Jacksonville. No way he lives up to that contract. That said, he will be sorely missed in Denver. Dude grew up in this system and was a perfect fit for what we needed.

    Jacksonville better be careful. They may have money to burn this year, but they won’t always. In a year or two you’ll have to pay Bortles and other bargain players whose time has come. Just when all the pieces are starting to come together, they’ll have to start cutting and restructuring. Doubt they’ll have a championship by then.

  53. Really salty dudes up in here. The Broncos were trying to get him back for no less then 10 mil a year so what does that say?
    Secondly, it’s not YOUR money. The team has cap space and holes to fill why wouldn’t they get a guy entering his prime to add to the defense…

  54. If the numbers are right he’ll get more money per year than JJ Watt, and more guaranteed money per year.

    No matter how you slice it that’s not right. Watt has 3.5 more sacks this year than Jackson has in his whole career. This has to be a joke.

    Jared Odrick is a good LDE so is Jackson going to start on the right side, even though Fowler was more than likely going to start there?

    Odrick got more sacks last year than Jackson, and Fowler is more explosive than Jackson so you would think Fowler would be a better RDE. Unless they start Fowler at SLB I don’t see how they all see the field on most defensive plays.

    I thought they overpaid last year for Odrick getting $8 mil a year. Now for a guy who’s about the same level, maybe even worse, at the same position, getting $14+ mil a year is crazy.

    If the Jags need to spend tons of money they should give it to Bortles, Robinson, and Hurns. Those are 3 guys who deserve it.

  55. Good for you Malik!! Kudos!!! I was hoping he’d sign with the Raiders, but the ticket price was to high. And for all you guys bashing him,, this is his turn to get paid and he got it. There is no such thing in the NFL as a guaranteed contract unless you’re a top tier QB.. Everyone else gets “terminated” the next year if they don’t have great numbers.

  56. Last time I checked Wade Phillips isn’t the D-Coordinator in Jacksonville. Overpaying for players never wins championships.

  57. No one is hating on the jags. But this is an average to good lineman that is getting paid elite status pay. He had Ware, Miller, and Wolfe on the line, he reaped the benefits of a lot of double teams. Broncos didn’t lose nothing here.

  58. Brady will sleep a little easier tonight knowing the chances of crossing paths with Malik Jackson in the playoffs are slim to none.

  59. “He had Ware, Miller, and Wolfe on the line, he reaped the benefits of a lot of double teams.”

    Actually, you have it backwards. He commands a double team on every snap and often beats them. People seem to be confused about the responsibilities of a nose guard in a 3-4. If anything he freed up blockers and space for the players you mentioned.

  60. I remember the last decent DL Denver let go. Pot Roast. He chased the money and was a bust. Sometimes the grass isn’t greener…………….

  61. trailerparkking says:
    Mar 8, 2016 8:27 PM
    “He had Ware, Miller, and Wolfe on the line, he reaped the benefits of a lot of double teams.”

    Actually, you have it backwards. He commands a double team on every snap and often beats them. People seem to be confused about the responsibilities of a nose guard in a 3-4. If anything he freed up blockers and space for the players you mentioned.
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    Actually you have it backwards, Sylvester Williams is Denver’s nose guard and Jackson was a 3-4 DE.
    Jackson is a good player but Jacksonville grossly overpaid for a player who NEVER even made a pro bowl.

  62. Regardless, DEs in a 3-4 are used to occupy blockers more than rush the passer. Their role is not to rack up sacks, its to occupy a tackle or double team. Now, Wade Phillips does use his 3-4 ends to rush more than traditional 3-4 coordinators, so you have a valid point. Either way, you should never EVER judge a defensive linemen in a 3-4 based on sack production because that’s not their primary role. My point is he did a lot of dirty work that doesn’t show up in the box score but led to the success of their defense. He’s a dominant player and won’t be easy to replace. That’s no knock on Denver, its just reality.

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