Jackson will become one of 16 unrestricted free agents for the Broncos when the new league year begins on March 9th.
Sources, including multiple agents, believe the market for Jackson’s services next season could set itself at an eye-popping $13 million when free agency opens up, and with so many impending departures on the Broncos roster, it’s difficult to see a scenario in which Broncos GM John Elway is willing to pay the former fifth round pick that kind of money.
“He’s going to price himself out of their market on day one,” a source said. “There’s no way he’s going to be back in Denver next year.”
Currently, wide receiver Demaryius Thomas is the only Bronco with an average salary of more than $11 million per year.
The Broncos will certainly add at least one more to that list in Miller, and will likely add a third in Osweiler. The team fears having too many players on high priced contracts could create a top-heavy roster.
An average salary of $13 million per year would make Jackson the second-highest paid 3-4 defensive end in football — behind only three-time Defensive Player of the Year J.J. Watt.
While the Broncos have reportedly begun negotiating with Jackson’s representative’s, Jackson himself has indicated that he may not be long for the mile high city.
“In talking to my agent, I have a pretty good idea of what my worth is,” Jackson said. “But, I would like to test the market and see, because you never know, just to see the numbers."
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