FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — New England Patriots cornerback J.C. Jackson, who was second in the NFL final season with 9 interceptions, formally signed his second-round limited-absolutely free-agent tender on Friday.
The tender locks Jackson into a a single-calendar year, $three.38 million deal for 2021, and then he is scheduled to be an unrestricted absolutely free agent future offseason.
The deadline for teams to indication limited absolutely free agents to offer you sheets is April 23, and others about the NFL could quickly be adhering to Jackson’s guide. Environmentally friendly Bay tight end Robert Tonyan, who was also tendered at the second-round amount immediately after catching eleven touchdowns final season, is among the the most noteworthy.
One line of contemplating was that gamers these types of as Jackson and Tonyan may possibly draw curiosity from other teams, which could have signed them to offer you sheets and then would have surrendered a second-round draft select if the players’ teams declined to match.
But with wage-cap room at a top quality throughout the NFL, there has not been much traction with the limited-absolutely free-agent market this offseason.
Jackson, twenty five, has been a good results tale in New England immediately after at first signing up for the staff as an undrafted absolutely free agent out of Maryland in 2018. He has performed in forty five typical-season games, with 22 starts off, and has 17 interceptions.