The first big deal of the pre-free agency period came in Jacksonville, with the news that Malik Jackson had agreed to terms.
Here are the specific terms to which he agreed: It’s a base deal of $85.5 million that can be nudged to $90 million.
Jackson gets $10 million to sign, a fully-guaranteed base salary of $8 million in 2016, and a fully-guaranteed base salary of $13.5 million in 2017. The deal includes a $13.5 million base salary for 2018 that is guaranteed for injury only, but that becomes fully-guaranteed on the fifth day of the 2018 league year.
The remaining non-guaranteed base salaries are $13 million, $13.75 million, and $13.75 million. The deal also includes up to $1.5 million in escalators for 2019 through 2021 based on playing time, wins, and playoffs. The specifics of the triggers for unlocking the remaining $4.5 million aren’t known.