Howie Roseman has been a monster in recent years. As arguably one of the most underrated GM’s in the NFL, he’s struck again. Early in the morning, it was reported that Malik Jackson had signed a three year 10 million dollar contract. Twitter was going nuts about what a steal that was for someone of Jackson’s caliber. It was a few minutes later that the story was corrected to 3 years 30 million. This is still a steal for Philly, in my opinion. Putting Malik Jackson next to Fletcher Cox spells big trouble for opposing quarterbacks.
We are still waiting for the full details on the contract, but this seems like an excellent deal for Philadelphia. My first thought would be that only the first year will be guaranteed, as Malik Jackson is coming off a rough year where he just recorded 3 and a half sacks. Jackson is also 29 years old, but only one year removed from a pro bowl season. The fact that Philly was able to get a commitment before free agency starting is critical here. Thirty million over three years is good value for a player of Jackson’s caliber.
The Defensive Line
Malik Jackson is better than Timmy Jernigan and Haloti Ngata. He will hopefully fit right in next to Fletcher Cox. Jackson will have to prove he is capable of stopping the run for him to achieve his full potential. This will not stop Philadelphia from drafting a defensive tackle, it just means it isn’t as big of a need now. Howie Roseman has been outstanding in recent years of filling his needs in free agency and allowing the draft to fill in. Look for Philadelphia to make more moves in free agency, as there have been reports that Philadelphia is looking to retain Ronald Darby.
Signing Malik Jackson is a great move. Philadelphia is a team that is still well within their window to contend for Super Bowls. With Carson Wentz at the helm, the Eagles are well positioned for their future. Giving Fletcher Cox and Brandon Graham help on that defensive line is only going to improve their chances to contend next year. Howie isn’t done with this move though because Philly will continue to go after top-notch players who fit their scheme. #FlyEaglesFly