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Philadelphia has a new defensive tackle

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The Philadelphia Eagles are signing free agent interior defensive lineman Malik Jackson, according to a report from ESPN’s Josina Anderson. NFL insider Adam Schefter notes that the contract is reportedly worth $30 million over three years (so, NOT $10 million over three years as Schefter originally said). Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk was first to report the Eagles were interested in Jackson.

Signing Jackson, who turned 29 in January, makes sense for the Eagles because defensive tackle is a big need for Philadelphia. The Eagles declined to pick up Timmy Jernigan’s 2019 contract option last week and Haloti Ngata is set to be a free agent. In other words, the Eagles need to find someone who can start next to Fletcher Cox.

The 6-5, 290 pound Jackson began his NFL career as a fifth-round pick by the Denver Broncos in the 2012 NFL Draft. He had 14.5 sacks in 62 games with Denver before signing a huge six-year, $86 million contract with the Jacksonville Jaguars back in 2016. Jackson had 18 sacks in 48 games with the Jags before being cut by Jacksonville as a cap casualty last week. (The Jaguars are freeing up space to likely sign Nick Foles.)

Jackson’s status as a released player is a nice bonus because it means he will not count against the Eagles’ compensatory pick formula. The same could not be said if his contract was simply expiring instead.

Pro Football Focus graded Jackson as their 24 best interior pass rusher out of 129 qualifying players last season. His 51 total pressures rank tied for ninth most at his position. It’s real nice to be adding his pass-rushing juice to the Eagles’ defensive line.

Signing Jackson doesn’t necessarily rule out the Eagles selecting an interior defensive lineman high in the 2019 NFL Draft. Philly likes to heavily rotate their linemen under Jim Schwartz and this year’s class is loaded with d-line talent.

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