The Patriots have yet to open contract talks with free agent J.C. Jackson this offseason.
“I guess they feel they don't need me,” Jackson told NBC Sports Boston. “Can't be that important. I know I am but they're not showing me.” Jackson is looking to be paid as a top-five corner, a deal they would have no trouble getting in free agency. The Patriots haven't been close on a new contract, with sides breaking off talks during the season. Jackson is open to playing under the $17 million franchise tender if he's tagged, which is looking increasingly likely. Jackson, a second-team All Pro, finished behind only Cowboys CB Trevon Diggs with eight interceptions last year and leads all cornerbacks in interceptions since 2018.
SOURCE: NBC Sports Boston
Feb 26, 2022, 12:09 PM ET
NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports Patriots CB J.C. Jackson won't get the team's franchise tag and will be a free agent.
Jackson has been displeased with the Patriots' total lack of interest in retaining him for 2022 and beyond. He said in February that he would be open to playing under the $17 million franchise tag, but Rapoport said New England is more likely to let Jackson walk this spring.
SOURCE: Ian Rapoport on Twitter
Mar 4, 2022, 1:30 PM ET
Titans sign TE Rob Gronkowski
Patriots CB J.C. Jackson told NFL Network's Mike Girardi he wants to be the highest paid corner in the league.
It was previously reported Jackson wants to be paid as a top-five corner. Jackson is looking to match the $20 million APR Jalen Ramsey got from the Rams in 2020, a deal they could potentially land in free agency. The Patriots aren't expected to franchise tag Jackson, and a tag-and-trade scenario is unlikely. Jackson's chances of returning with the Patriots has been in doubt since the sides broke off talks during the season. The-26-year-old All-Pro is positioned for a massive deal if the Patriots let him walk.
SOURCE: NFL Network
Mar 5, 2022, 12:36 PM ET
NFL Network's Mike Garafolo reports the Chargers could be in the mix for one of the market's top free agent corners in J.C. Jackson or Stephon Gilmore.
After years of having one of the league's best cornerback groups, the Bolts had one of the worst in 2021. 2021 second-rounder Asante Samuel Jr. still has long-term upside, but coach Brandon Staley's defensive success with the Rams came with Jalen Ramsey acting as a true alpha at corner. Jackson is smack dab in the middle of his prime, while Gilmore isn't too far removed from it. With the league's second most cap space and Justin Herbert still on his rookie deal, the Chargers have the means and the need to make a free agent splash.
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SOURCE: Mike Garafolo on Twitter
Mar 6, 2022, 6:11 PM ET
Pro Football Network's Aaron Wilson reports the Chargers, Packers and Broncos have interest in impending free agent Von Miller.
That is in addition to "strong mutual interest" between Miller and the Rams. Wilson reports Miller could still command up to $20 million annually, which would make him difficult to bring back for cap-strapped Los Angeles. We doubt Miller would be interested in a Broncos reunion, though that would change in a hurry if Aaron Rodgers were the quarterback. Fresh off a highly-disruptive postseason, 33-year-old Miller (in three weeks) is going to get paid.
Los Angeles Chargers
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SOURCE: Pro Football Network
Mar 6, 2022, 9:42 PM ET
Von Miller posted photos of himself in a Broncos uniform with captions "58 or 40" and "I wonder if they will give me my old locker back?"
Miller wore number 58 with the Broncos and now wears 40 with the Rams. Miller has already been tied to the Broncos in free agency and his Instagram posts leave little doubt that he is open to a return. The Rams, who traded second and third-round picks for Miller in November, are reportedly interested in signing Miller, as are the Packers and Chargers. With three contending teams interested in him, a return to the Broncos would be a sentimental play for Miller, unless Aaron Rodgers lands in Denver. Miller, who turns 33 in March, appears to have a strong market, with his next deal reportedly having potential to be in the ballpark of $20 million a year.
SOURCE: Ari Meirov on Twitter
Mar 7, 2022, 1:42 PM ET
MLive.com's Kyle Meinke said the Lions are "prepared to make a heavy investment at wide receiver" in free agency.
The Lions have $20.1 million in salary cap space headed into free agency, the 15th most in the league. Meinke mentioned Amari Cooper, Detroit native Allen Robinson, Allen Lazard, and D.J. Chark as potential targets for the Lions in the coming weeks. Cooper, expected to be released by the Cowboys this month, "would be an obvious fit for a Lions team looking to add size and playmaking ability, especially in the red zone," Meinke said. If Robinson signs with Detroit, he would continue his career defined by catching passes from middling quarterbacks. Jared Goff under center might make it tough to attract top-tier wideout talent this offseason. Amon-Ra St. Brown could be in for another massive target load in 2022.
, D.J. Chark
, Amon-Ra St. Brown
, Allen Lazard
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Mar 8, 2022, 11:11 AM ET
The Commanders did not tender restricted free agent QB Kyle Allen, making him a free agent.
This was an expected move for a team that has Carson Wentz and Taylor Heinicke under contract for 2022. Having just turned 26, Allen heads to the open market with 106 attempts over the past two years. The ex-Panther still has not proven he is a viable No. 2 quarterback, but he has not proven the opposite, either. He should get in someone's backup mix this spring.
SOURCE: Nicki Jhabvala on Twitter
Mar 10, 2022, 2:58 PM ET
Commanders released S Landon Collins.
Washington signed Collins to a six-year $84 million deal in 2019. With three years left on his deal, the Commanders were looking to restructure his contract. Collins was due base salaries of $11.5 million, $12.5 million, and $13.5 million in 2022-2024. After tearing his Achilles in Week 7 of 2020, Collins had a rough 2021, grading as Pro Football Focus' 142nd safety. He was particularly bad in coverage, grading 172nd out of 176 qualifying among safeties. Collins remains a force in the run game and should attract interest from teams looking for a classic in the box strong safety.
SOURCE: Ian Rapoport on Twitter
Mar 10, 2022, 11:12 AM ET