I know he possibly can - if he stays healthy and doesn't have a terrible year. But look what Butler just got after his abbreviated stint with the Titans. ACL tears happen all the time.He can get more than that. Adore Jackson, who was a massive bust in Tennessee, somehow got $13M per year. Shaq Griffin just got $13.3M per year. William Jackson is at $13.5M per year. Trae Waynes is making $14M per year. The most overpaid CB is Byron Jones making $16M per year who is allergic to the football. Darious Slay is making close to $17 per year and is regressing.
Also, his teammate Jonathon Jones is making $7M per year. So you think JC is only worth $1-$3M more per season than him?
The Adore Jackson deal was just absurd.
I don't think there's a right or wrong answer here. I'm always playing the longer game in my personal career - I wouldn't risk $30 million for $3 million on an injury. Jackson's still a kid at 25. He can do a 3-year deal, get all the money he'll ever need in the bank, and go for the "ego deal" next time, still in his prime. I'd want some serious guaranteed cash now, is all.
There's a HUGE difference between the $6million or so TOTAL he's made in 4 years and $30million on the deal I described. The difference between 30 and 39 is negligible, in terms of a person's life.
EDIT: Regarding Jon Jones...I think he's underrated here, and Jackson is overrated here. Don't get me wrong: JC Jackson is a really good #2 Corner. Really good, and yes, I think he's better than Jon Jones. But is he a true shutdown like Gilmore? There are only 16 corners in the league making more than $10million annually. So not just the number 1 corners, but the top half of the number 1 corners.
If I'm Jackson, it's too big a gamble, for me at least.