Will someone sign J.C. Jackson to an offer sheet?

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The Rams opted to slam the door on the possibility that someone will sign cornerback Darious Williams to an offer sheet that the Rams can’t or won’t match, by applying a first-round RFA tender to the undrafted defender. The Patriots kicked the door open for an offer sheet to cornerback J.C. Jackson, who received only a second-round tender.

So the question becomes whether another team will sign Williams to an offer sheet that Patriots can’t or won’t match.

The 2011 CBA added second-round tender option to the process. Since then, no one has signed a player with a second-round tender to an offer sheet.

So will someone sign Jackson? The lower the pick in round two, the more tempting it becomes to make a run at Jackson. He had nine interceptions in 2020, second only to Dolphins cornerback Xavien Howard, who had 10.

Some think Patriots coach Bill Belichick tried to hide Jackson last year, starting him in only 11 of 16 games and not putting him on the original Pro Bowl ballot. (Jackson eventually was added to the ballot, but he didn’t make the team.)

By now, other teams know about Jackson. But will someone offer him enough to get the Patriots to not match the offer, and to justify sending a second-round pick to New England?

Even though no player has changed teams via a second-round RFA tender, plenty of trades have happened in recent years with a second-round pick or more as the compensation. Often, these trades have occurred without a new deal executed at the time of the trade, giving the player more leverage for the eventual transaction.

If a team views the situation as a trade for Jackson with a second-round pick as the price for it and the certainty of a long-term contract along with it, it may be easier to justify the transaction.

Of course, there’s a chance that Patriots will match the offer. If so, Jackson’s prospective team will have simply provided free contract-negotiation services for the Patriots.

The Patriots surely have thought all this through, carefully. Indeed, don’t be stunned if the Patriots’ first-line response to an offer sheet signed by Jackson will be to offer the balance of cornerback Stephon Gilmore‘s contract to that same team, for that same second-round pick.

Or maybe they’ll be happy to take the second-round pick in 2021 for Jackson and move on. Keeping him for a year and then watching him leave as a free agent in 2022 will mean getting a compensatory pick in 2023 — unless of course the Patriots decide to corner the market on free agents again next year.

None of that matters until someone signs Jackson to an offer sheet. Over the next few weeks, we’ll find out whether that happens.

28 responses to “Will someone sign J.C. Jackson to an offer sheet?

  1. Saw him in a few games last year and some highlights…Looks like a pretty good DB…plays bigger than he looks.

  2. The Pats would love to have another team sign up J.C.—the Pats would gladly match what would likely be a below market deal this year. Smart move by the Goat.

  3. Time for the Seahawks to spend one of their remaining three draft picks. This guy fits their body-type and scheme perfect. And he already knows their step-kick maneuver. To heck with the 2021 draft. We got Jamal Adams in the first round and Gabe Jackson in the 5th so why not CJ Jackson in the 2nd? I’d take three immediate starters any day in any draft.

  4. J.C. Jackson is the kind of guy that can get you interceptions, but is not a very good coverage CB.

  5. Until someone outlines a contract offer a suitor could do that the Patriots could not, I don’t think JC is going anywhere.

    He’s a young talent coming in to some of his most productive years. His cost will only go up in the future.

    Patriots risk losing him for a second round pick (not bad for an undrafted free agent they developed. JC would be wise to look at another undrafted free agent corner (Butler) who started for Bill, left for money, and then struggled.

  6. Diehard pats fan, but I think it’s what Belichick wants. He knows he has Gilmore. Ok he might be in the wrong side of 30, but steph is a shut down corner. Jackson is a boom or bust guy. He will give up massive plays, then come up with an INT.

    My guess is since the 2nd round pick is for this year to be surrendered, he WANTS a team to sign JC to an offer sheet. This way, he can just let him go, take the 2nd round pick, and move up and down the board. Plus, we can then extend Gilmore’s contract to not bite the salary cap so much.

  7. I was surprised at the 2nd tender choice since it is only about 1 mil
    more for the 1st.

    1. He is asking for twice what he is worth pulling a Malcolm Butler.
    2. BB wants someone to take him and they extend Gilmore instead.

    Either way, likely one gets dealt and BB adds more draft ammo to move up if he chooses. Goodell cheated again and stole their 3rd, but they have 3 4ths.

  8. Dillon Pauls says:
    March 21, 2021 at 2:54 pm
    J.C. Jackson is the kind of guy that can get you interceptions, but is not a very good coverage CB.

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    Umm, he played like a Top 5 CB 2 years in a row. lmao

  9. I don’t think Belichick would mind getting a 2nd rounder for Jackson. Undrafted players get their first big contract and often start playing like undrafted players, like Malcolm Butler.

  10. Perhaps whatever team would consider doing this should contact Stefon Diggs, as he actually owned Jackson’s rights last year on the field.

  11. billsarethefuture says:
    March 21, 2021 at 4:23 pm
    Perhaps whatever team would consider doing this should contact Stefon Diggs, as he actually owned Jackson’s rights last year on the field.

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    Keep thinking the pandemic 2020 was somehow a normal year. You people are on the same level as Jets fans from 10 years ago. Delusional.

  12. billsarethefuture says:
    March 21, 2021 at 4:23 pm
    Perhaps whatever team would consider doing this should contact Stefon Diggs, as he actually owned Jackson’s rights last year on the field.

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    JC Jackson picked off Allen on a Diggs route in the first game last year………

  13. That pandemic excuse is getting a bit played out, don’t you think touchback? And, how’d game two go for JC, imperfectlycontent? I remember thinking “not great” at the time, but could be mistaken.

  14. I agree with dpauls. JC is tremendous ball hawk. Just decent in coverage. Not a #1 CB IMO. If the Pats really didn’t want to lose him, they would have given him a 1rst rnd tender for a small amt of money. They’re gonna keep one from Jackson or Gilmour. They want another pick to trade into the top 10 for a QB. IMO

  15. Given his track record in the draft, you’d figure Belicheat would want to hang onto one of his relatively few “hits”. Describing the process is another team doing contract negotiations for New England doesn’t include the ability of another team to run up the cost of JC Jackson to the Patriots. Why not offer him a deal with a low cap hit in 2021 (via big bonus) that would make New England pay right up to the fringes of what they think he is worth?

  16. J.C. Jackson is the kind of guy that can get you interceptions, but is not a very good coverage CB.
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    You obviously don’t watch Pats games or look at stats. This guy is one of the best cornerbacks in the league.

  17. The Pats have a lot of pandemic excuses. Most opt outs in the league, and some significant players. New QB signed in July. If any HC can put these new guys together, it’s BB. The Pats won’t win the SBowl, but the division is in play. Sleep on them at your own peril.

  18. As long as I can make it work cap-wise, if I’m a GF I’m trading draft picks for known qualities this year over any other.

  19. After the way Diggs abused him in the Monday night game…as a Bills fan…I’m hoping he stays

  20. BB is hoping someone makes an offer that is reasonable so he can cite that as fair market value, match it and lock up Jackson for a relative bargain.

  21. Anyone who actually watches the Pats knows that Jackson is an excellent corner. BB will match any deal guaranteed.

  22. fastenyourseatbelts73 says:
    March 21, 2021 at 9:10 pm
    After the way Diggs abused him in the Monday night game…as a Bills fan…I’m hoping he stays

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    After the way the Pats have owned the Bills over a 20-year span I’m thinking in the grand scheme of things BB isn’t too worried about the Bills

  23. Diggs burned him for a game, that’s for sure! But then again, Diggs is a great player who does that to a lot of DBs! One of the best moves the Bills have done to pick him up!

  24. He has great instincts for the ball which involves an ability to be instantly aware of the whole field. I don’t think you can teach that. His individual cover skills will only improve in his third year after only two years of college ball. Offer would have to be very high not to be matched.

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