Today, the Jaguars decided not to mess around and go after one of the best pass rushers in the open market to improve their defense that was one of the worst, especially on third down when they needed a big stop via pressure, sacks, and forcing interceptions or incomplete passes.
In addition, Jackson will receive a huge six-year deal worth $90 mil (42 mil guaranteed), according to Adam Schefter. Jackson finally gets the money that he deserves after a great run in Denver. He won a Super Bowl last year and now the Broncos will miss his presence.
Furthermore, the 26-year-old has piled up 14 career sacks, which is low, but as a 3-4 defensive end, that is a lot. Now, Jackson gets tons of pressure and quarterback hits on the opposition’s signal caller. Also, he is a good run stopper. This past season was his best season. He totaled up 5 sacks and 45 tackles in 16 starts, but was pivotal in the Broncos playoff run to the Super Bowl and boy he had a good Super Bowl performance.
Finally, Jackson will be switching to a 4-3 defense that will most likely use Jackson as a 3-technique, which is a defensive tackle spot like how the Buccaneers use Gerald McCoy. He will get more opportunities to get to the quarterback as a defensive tackle than a 3-4 defensive end. Now, expect head coach Gus Bradley to use Jackson as a defensive end too and move him around to give offenses trouble.
Prediction: The Jaguars will in their division and Jackson gets 10 sacks with 40 tackles.