New Jaguars defensive tackle Malik Jackson thinks the Broncos could have kept everyone, if they had only acted sooner.
Then again, neither Jackson nor Brock Osweiler nor Danny Trevathan turned down their newfound riches to stay, either.
During an interview with the NFL Network, the guy who signed a six-year, $90 million deal with the Jaguars suggested some foot-dragging on the part of the Broncos.
“I think the Broncos are kind of stuck between a rock and a hard place,” Jackson said, via the Denver Post. “They could have gotten me done, they could have got Danny done, they could have got Brock done for [next] to nothing and now we’ve all branched out, . . .
“I don’t know what they’re doing. I know they let go a lot of key players but I know that defense is still going to be stout and I can’t wait to see them in the season when they come here.”
Of course, if Jackson wanted to stay in Denver, he could have signed earlier, the way his former teammate Derek Wolfe did.
But that would have meant taking about 40 percent of what he’s making now, and he doesn’t sound prepared to make that kind of donation, nor should he, as long as he has a family to provide for.