I talked about it with Mike Sullivan and Liam McDaid on Tuck Rule Takes last week, (make sure to follow, rate/subscribe to them as well!), but JC Jackson is an issue of concern for Patriots fans. The cornerback is set to hit the free agency market and we don’t know what the situation is currently between the two parties involved. Will Jackson come back on the franchise tag? Will he walk in free agency? What is the next step for the Patriots if Jackson does walk away? Well, let’s start thinking about if the Patriots should let JC Jackson walk in free agency.
JC Jackson Playing for the Patriots on the Franchise Tag
The Patriots can very easily franchise tag Jackson for the 2022 season. This allows the Patriots to do two things. One, it allows them to bring back Jackson for 2022 and solidify one corner for next year. Two and more importantly, it allows for the two sides to try to come together for a long-term deal. Having more time can solidify a big piece of your defense for the next couple of seasons.
JC Jackson Walking Away from the Patriots
On the other side of this, the Patriots can let JC Jackson walk and get a big contract elsewhere. I’ll be okay with this ONLY if the following happens. One, Jonathan Jones is healthy and ready to go in 2022. Two, the Patriots sign a veteran corner to go alongside Jones on the other side. Three, the Patriots draft a corner to be ready to come in and at least contribute for next season. If not next season, then be ready to be the future at the position. If the Patriots did these moves and Jones is good to go, then letting Jackson walk won’t sting as much.
Do I PERSONALLY think the Patriots should let JC Jackson walk? No. Pay him what he’s worth and keep a young and good defensive corner in the fold. There have been too many cases where Patriots don’t keep corners. Ty Law, Asante Samuel, Aqib Talib, Darrelle Revis, Stephon Gilmore, and the list continues on with defensive players. Pay the man! If you aren’t going to, you better have a good plan in place to replace the production Jackson has brought since being with the Patriots. Free agency in a few weeks will be a frenzy for sure, and JC Jackson will be right in the middle of it all!
-Al Nahigian (@BigAl2793 on Twitter)
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