Malik Jackson Signs 3-Year, $30M Contract with Eagles After Jaguars Release

Tyler Conway@jtylerconwayFeatured Columnist

JACKSONVILLE, FL - JULY 27: Defensive Tackle Malik Jackson #97 of the Jacksonville Jaguars loosen up before the start of Training Camp at Dream Finders Homes Practice Complex on July 27, 2018 in Jacksonville, Florida. (Photo by Don Juan Moore/Getty Images)
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The Philadelphia Eagles continued their defensive line retooling Wednesday by making the signing of Malik Jackson to a three-year contract official.

Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reported the deal was worth $30 million on Monday.

Jackson, 29, spent the last three seasons with the Jacksonville Jaguars before his release earlier this month. The Jaguars saved $11 million on their cap by releasing the veteran defensive lineman, who signed a six-year, $85.5 million contract with the team in 2016.

Jackson did not miss a game in three seasons with the Jaguars but was held out of the starting lineup six times in 2018. The Eagles will hope to get a bounce-back season from the 2017 Pro Bowler, who set a career high in sacks with 8.5 that season.

"I'm having a hard season, but for me I was just realizing who I am and what I want to continue to show," Jackson said in December, per Jon Reid of the Florida Times-Union. "I have never lost confidence in myself and I never will. I can sit here and complain about what's going on. I've been trying to be very positive. You know there are some plays that I have messed up on, but I'm still a helluva player. I'm still one of the best three-technique players in the league. I'm just having a little hiccup. I'd rather have a hiccup than have an injured year."

Philadelphia recently traded Michael Bennett to the New England Patriots and declined a 2019 option on Timmy Jurnigan, necessitating a move in free agency. Bennett and Jurnigan were each scheduled to make eight figures next season, so the Eagles will be saving money and getting arguably a better player.

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Odds are the Eagles will add at least one more impact defensive lineman, either via free agency or in April's draft. Philadelphia has three picks in the first two rounds. 

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