Denver, CO- Julius Thomas may soon have company in northeast Florida.
According to sources close to the situation, Denver Broncos defensive end Malik Jackson is seeking a 5-year $75 million contract. A contract like that would pay Jackson $15 million per year, and would instantly make him the second highest paid 3-4 defensive end in football behind only three time defensive player of the year J.J. Watt.
However, the Broncos are trying to persuade Jackson into a deal that would pay him $10 million per year over five years. That $20 million difference likely means Jackson will hit the open market when free agency begins on March 9th.
Earlier this month, MHH reported Jackson would hit the open market valued at around $13 million on day one. It is now clear that the Broncos don’t plan to match that number.
Instead, a suitor for Jackson’s services seems to have emerged out of the AFC South. According to 9news’ Mike Klis, the Jacksonville Jaguars are going to be willing to pay Jackson the kind of money he is looking for.
The Jaguars have more cap room than any team in football with an astonishing $79.8 million in space. They have to spend a good of that money in order to meet the NFL’s floor of 80% of the cap.
Other teams that have been mentioned in the Malik Jackson sweepstakes include the Chicago Bears and Oakland Raiders, both of whom are led by head coaches in John Fox and Jack Del Rio with experience coaching Jackson in Denver.
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