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Malik Jackson wants to earn “all $90 million,” but he’ll need help

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During his introductory press conference, new Jaguars defensive lineman Malik Jackson repeatedly referred to his desire to earn $90 million.

“They don’t give you 90 today,” Jackson said. “So if I can have it in my account and I can just go sit down and not do anything – it’s not like basketball where I can get it all guaranteed. I still have to go out there. You still have to play. I have to go earn all of it. It’s six years, 42-45 guaranteed. I want 90 of it. I want all 90. So I have six years to go out there and earn it. That’s how I feel about it. Anything that’s given to you can be taken away from you at any time. So just have to go out there and do my best and earn all 90. That’s how I feel about it. It’s nice to have a contract that — to say at the end of the sixth year, I’d like to say I earned all 90. I think that’ll be the biggest accomplishment.”

It’s an accomplishment he won’t be able to accomplish alone, because the contract has a base value of only $85.5 million. To get to 90, he has to hit playing-time triggers in 2018, 2019, and 2020 — and the team must win a certain number of games and make the playoffs, each year.

Jackson definitely will receive (whether it’s earned or not) $10 million to sign, $8 million fully guaranteed in 2016, and $13.5 million fully guaranteed in 2017. That’s $31.5 million fully guaranteed at signing. Another $13.5 million is guaranteed for injury only until the fifth day of the 2018 league year, when it becomes fully guaranteed.

So, basically, he needs while receiving $31.5 million over the next two years to earn the chance to make $13.5 million in 2018. Then, in 2018, he has to earn the chance to make $13 million in 2019. In 2019, he has to earn the chance to make $13.75 million in 2020. Finally, in 2020, he has to earn the chance to make $13.75 million in 2021.

He has the right mindset, but a lot of factors will influence whether he gets the full $85.5 million or the extra $4.5 million, from injuries to ineffectiveness to aging to coaching or G.M. changes. That’s why the most important factor in any of these contracts continues to be the amount fully guaranteed when the player signs his name at the bottom — ideally in the form of a signing bonus.

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22 Responses to “Malik Jackson wants to earn “all $90 million,” but he’ll need help”
  1. tccoats says: Mar 12, 2016 4:33 PM

    He will never see the end of that contract….and if he does its because he took a pay cut…

  2. TB12RALLYCRY says: Mar 12, 2016 4:47 PM

    I truly wish all NFL players the best because the average NFL career is barely 3 years , with that being said when guys like Jackson sign these huge contracts they always never really work out…

  3. amaf21 says: Mar 12, 2016 4:51 PM

    Help as in Ware and Miller. Good luck with that.

  4. maiphatdong says: Mar 12, 2016 5:04 PM

    season hasnt even started and i’ve already forgot about this guy

  5. imaduffer says: Mar 12, 2016 5:07 PM

    One inside linebacker is not going to change a team that has gone 19-61 in the last five years.

  6. thirdand43 says: Mar 12, 2016 5:35 PM

    Jags should help Jackson and take Joey Bosa with the fifth pick.

  7. nenlain says: Mar 12, 2016 5:36 PM

    Shut up.

  8. jag1959 says: Mar 12, 2016 5:45 PM

    imaduffer says:
    Mar 12, 2016 5:07 PM
    One inside linebacker is not going to change a team that has gone 19-61 in the last five years.
    ___________________

    Once again we see that while reading is fundamental comprehension:
    “Malik Jackson wants to earn “all $90 million,” but HE’LL NEED HELP”

    This time it was even in the title…

  9. camcameronsucks says: Mar 12, 2016 5:45 PM

    So he wants to earn all 90?

    Can anyone confirm that he would like to earn all 90?

    Is he gon’ get all 90?

  10. jag1959 says: Mar 12, 2016 5:46 PM

    imaduffer says:
    Mar 12, 2016 5:07 PM
    One inside linebacker is not going to change a team that has gone 19-61 in the last five years.
    ___________________

    Once again we see that while reading is fundamental comprehension is optional:
    “Malik Jackson wants to earn “all $90 million,” but HE’LL NEED HELP”

    This time it was even in the title…

  11. vancouversportsbro says: Mar 12, 2016 6:15 PM

    Horrible contract.

  12. campcouch says: Mar 12, 2016 6:22 PM

    I can’t root for or feel bad for any guy who can make $10+ million dollars for signing his name. Top that off with another $21 mil without having to guarantee optimum results in his craft. Same rah-rah we see at every major signing. Two years of “work” aka 6 months per, just got this man $31 million dollars. Even if you halve that, he’s raked in $15 million dollars guaranteed for doing nothing yet.

  13. gbartell22 says: Mar 12, 2016 6:51 PM

    The nfl players get shafted so bad. They play in the biggest sport in the country the sport that basically just prints money at this point and they are the only sport without guaranteed money. How the players have lived with that deal is beyond me especially when you consider football does the most damage to their bodies of any of the major sports. It’s crazy.

  14. tdubdizzle says: Mar 12, 2016 7:11 PM

    Jaguars are going to suffer because of this.

  15. dadsource says: Mar 12, 2016 8:47 PM

    Great job Malik. With Fowler healthy and draft picks coming, you’ll get loose. Screw all the haters on here. You’ll earn it and retire in the ring of honor. Bank it.

  16. physk05 says: Mar 12, 2016 10:22 PM

    Except for herpes Malik. Nobody can take that back.

  17. hahalolrofl says: Mar 12, 2016 11:10 PM

    Glad elway got rid of this locker room cancer. He can ball and that extra cash is nice but he is clearly missing the bigger picture, such as a legacy. Now he will rapidly disappear like a mirage on the horizon. All the best Malik. Yes this is essentially an obituary to your career. Enjoy London and hard knocks and the other dumb stuff that the Broncos never have to do. Like lose a ton of games.

  18. raidermark says: Mar 13, 2016 12:57 AM

    He’s overrated. Raider Nation

  19. chillpill1212 says: Mar 13, 2016 5:38 AM

    Man , that’s money

  20. chillpill1212 says: Mar 13, 2016 5:54 AM

    Remember that all that wants it all it cost them pain

  21. metalhead65 says: Mar 13, 2016 8:11 AM

    31.5 million guaranteed just for signing and yet people whine about the nature of non fully guaranteed contracts. you do not like it then take a one year deal or shut up and enjoy the bonus and suffer through earning the paltry 2 million or so a year in salary.

  22. imgoingtoffffoldgator says: Mar 13, 2016 7:59 PM

    Go for it

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