In the Starting Line-Up
Why in the world would the player sign ANYTHING that isn't a highest paid in the league CB contract right now?He is the real deal. #1 CB.
I'd sign him for $15m/yr for 4 or 5 yrs!
I mean, if you are willing to pay Jonnu 12.5m/yr and he is NOT a #1 TE, Why not try to lock him?
CBs are not easy to attain, especially a #1.
He holds every card with the exception of the franchise tag. No agent, even an inexperienced one, will advise him to sign any offer sheet from the Patriots unless it is as the highest paid CB in the league. Jackson is totally playing with house money the rest of this season unless he gets seriously hurt (a small percentage possibility).
Book it - he plays for free agency (if no tag) for someone to offer him $20-22M per (which some team will probably do). Even if they don't/wouldn't, that possibility exists ONLY if he doesn't sign anything.
The Patriots cant do anything except franchise him in reality (they're not going to offer highest paid in the league money IMHO) so why bother with the time and effort now that both sides know is disingenuous at best?