Malik Jackson: Teams want to get rid of older and expensive guys

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Malik Jackson has been on good teams, and he’s made the money.

He’s also 28, and in the NFL that puts him near old-head status, so he understands the business side of the sport.

The Jaguars defensive tackle said he and teammate Calais Campbell know that they have to continue to perform at a high level to continue to justify massive salaries, because that’s just how professional football works.

″It’s one of those things that as players if you think the front office isn’t trying to get rid of you, then you’re crazy,″ Jackson said, via John Reid of the Florida Times-Union. ″It’s their job to get players in here that are cheaper, younger and trying to be better.

″I’m getting older, Calais [Campbell] is getting a little older. We have a lot of money on this D-line.″

Jackson was the beneficiary of the last pre-Tom Coughlin splurge by the Jaguars in 2016, getting a six-year, $85.5 million deal to leave the Super Bowl champion Broncos. Campbell was last year’s jackpot winner, getting a four-year, $60 million deal to come over from Arizona.

That stability up front was a big part of the reason the Jaguars have made big strides lately, but things are always changing. For all the money they’ve spent up front, there are contract talks on the horizon for defensive end Yannick Ngakoue (and possibly Dante Fowler, whose 2019 option wasn’t picked up), and money eventually has to come from somewhere.

Which is why Jackson’s ready to work, to make sure it doesn’t come out of his pocket.

″My goal is to keep my job,″ Jackson said. ″If I’m worried about what’s going on in the front office what they’re thinking and doing, I’ll go crazy. I’ll just worry about becoming an All-Pro and getting 10-plus sacks. Those are my goals.″

Seeing the team use a first-round pick on defensive tackle Taven Bryan would have also brought that into focus, as the league’s a constant churn of personnel as teams look for younger (i.e. less expensive) alternatives.

25 responses to “Malik Jackson: Teams want to get rid of older and expensive guys

  1. All except for th QB it seems. In as much as the new rookie contract negotiated by some of the older veterans is better than what they used to do. it also is not accurate. And the results of taking too much money out of the veterans for too long of a period is reshaping the way all teams are paying YOUNG older veterans. And upper talent, hard working players are being forced out of the league or to take league minimums while the salary cap money all goes to 5 freaking players on the team; starting QB (way overpaid); pass rushers. While elite level players should get more money that the others, it should not become a matter of the rich and the poor and nothing in between. Too much money involved. And it is inequitable. I have not seen a QB however good he is that can win a SB WITHOUT a HUGE supporting cast. But they are paid as if they are the LeBron James of the team. NOT. TOO many still young, experienced guys are getting shafted. I mean, Adrian Peterson doesnt even have a job. It is taking away from the talent and depth that should be on teams. But with the QB taking up so much money, any other position that is Not elite is going to find himself out of the league way before he should be.

  2. There are so many ways to go on this one:
    1. Wow. Breaking news
    2. You got something like $20 million up front. How much is enough?
    3. Thank heaven for the salary cap
    4. I earned about $2 million over 40 years working 60 hours/week. Try that instead.
    5. Go to the FO and work something out so you don’t get cut
    6. Get Richard Sherman to say you’re the best DT & you deserve to get paid (again)

  3. …and in other news, the sky is blue! You’ll get paid huge $$’s on your second contract but your play better match those $$’s or you’re done. That’s the way it is.

  4. Teams don’t necessarily want to get rid of older players, they’re just trying to get the best players they can, while staying under the salary cap. If a team thinks you are a critical component to their goal of winning a super bowl, you have nothing to worry about. The Raiders signed Jordy Nelson and released Michael Crabtree, so they’re just trying to upgrade. I don’t know if Malik chose his words carefully, but it sounds like he’s been keeping some fuel in the tank. If that shows up on the tape, someone like Tom Coughlin will put you on the next bus out of town. Also, if you look at the Jags’ recent drafts, they’ve shown they know how to find quality players in the middle rounds. Having confidence in your scouting operation allows a team to look at high priced veterans in a different way. The teams that don’t scout well are the ones who are forced to sign overpriced vets.

  5. Agree to a pay cut down the road then so your salary is in line with your performance.

  6. Absolutely correct. Teams will pay for excellence … quibble over competence … and let mediocre walk. This is life in the salary cap era.

  7. Duh. What a moron. The guy takes the money in Jax and then wonders why too many older, pricier vets hurt the cap.

    You don’t pay to get your base. You have to draft it.

  8. OldTime Football says:
    May 22, 2018 at 7:58 am
    And Millennials want Baby Boomers to either retire or die! Same circumstance in all walks of life, not just football!

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    LOL!

    So true.

  9. Jackson and Campbell were once that “younger and cheaper” option that took another veteran’s job.

    What’s great about NFL’s non-guaranteed contracts is that it forces players to be great every year instead of being a drag on the team (ie NBA’s Chandler Parsons, Joakim Noah, Luol Deng or MLB’s Miguel Cabrera, Felix Hernandez, David Price, etc)

    As long as there’s and salary floor and teams are force to pay players $175m, I don’t care who gets it. They’ve actually earning it.

  10. Don’t worry Malik, you’ll have a spot on the Raiders once you hit 35-36 years of age.

  11. Rookie Contracts should be 3yrs max and an option for 4th year for 1st rounders. These long rookie contracts screw everyone actually. Idk how the NFLPA signed off on it and thought of it as a win.

  12. Thetruthis says: “But with the QB taking up so much money, any other position that is Not elite is going to find himself out of the league way before he should be.”
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    QBs have always taken the same percentage of the salary cap. For example Brett Favre was taking 16% of GB 1997 cap. Matt Ryan’s $150m contract is in the same 15% range too. QBs have not increased in that regard.

  13. feckyerlife says: “Rookie Contracts should be 3yrs max and an option for 4th year for 1st rounders. These long rookie contracts screw everyone actually.”
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    I’d go even further. Rookie contracts should ALL be 1yr at league minimum with huge performace bonuses (ie based on number of snaps played). The first year should be a “prove it” contract instead of paying rookies for college performance. Doesn’t matter if the kid’s a 1st round bust or 6th round gem – those that gets the job done gets paid.

  14. akira554 says:

    May 22, 2018 at 9:16 am

    QBs have always taken the same percentage of the salary cap. For example Brett Favre was taking 16% of GB 1997 cap. Matt Ryan’s $150m contract is in the same 15% range too. QBs have not increased in that regard.
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    Wow, that’s a nugget right there! Same %, that’s amazing!

  15. The comments here seem to imply that Malik thought he made some amazing discovery, but from what was quoted as saying he clearly knew that he was just restating a “sky is blue” fact when he answered the reporter’s questions.

  16. I have no problem with trimming the fat in older more expensive players that’s the way it is. However, a previous poster charliecharfer made so e excellent points: the qb position os essentially squeezing vested vets out of a job. Not them overpaid vets who are dead weight bit thw 7-8 year special team players backup lb’s/ lineman who are playing for or close to the vet minimum.qb’s while the most important position in football has essentially become tue 1%, and it’s choking out veterans. no one player should be getting that mch if the pie. You can’t deny it breeds contempt among peers especially if he isn’t a worthy qb making bank like Cousins or Stafford. While I do t necessarily agree with why CC’s point on Peterson’s not having a job but a guy like Tre Boston who is a pretty good player should not be unemployed at this state. As great as the passing game os no the NFL, last time I checked it was 11 working together.

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