Ex-Jaguars DT Jackson going to Eagles

Former Jacksonville Jaguars defensive tackle Malik Jackson is expected to sign with the Philadelphia Eagles, a source told ESPN’s Josina Anderson Monday. A source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter that the deal is for three years and $10 million.

Jackson, who signed the richest contract in Jacksonville Jaguars history in 2016, was released by the team March 8 after his playing time decreased significantly following the loss of his starting job late in the 2018 season.

After losing his starting position in November, Jackson was mostly used as a third-down rusher. He was due to make $13 million and count $15 million against the salary cap in 2019.

Jackson signed a six-year, $85.5 million contract with $31.5 million fully guaranteed and $42 million in total guarantees with the Jaguars in March 2016, after four seasons in Denver. He set a career high with 6.5 sacks in 2016 and followed that up with the best season of his career in 2017: 8 sacks, 4 forced fumbles and his first Pro Bowl appearance.

Jackson, who turned 29 in January, never missed a game in his four seasons with the Jaguars and has missed only two in his seven-year career. He has 32.5 sacks, 6 forced fumbles and 3 fumble recoveries, including 18 sacks and 4 forced fumbles in three seasons with the Jaguars.

Denver drafted Jackson in the fifth round out of Tennessee in 2012. He played in 14 games as a rookie reserve before playing in every game (five starts) and recording six sacks and knocking down four passes in 2013.

ESPN’s Michael DiRocco contributed to this report.

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