After being designated as a post-June 1 release by the Philadelphia Eagles earlier this week, Malik Jackson has a new NFL home. The 31-year-old defensive tackle is joining the Cleveland Browns on a one-year contract worth $4.5 million, according to Josina Anderson.
Here’s what we wrote about Jackson earlier this week:
The Eagles were excited to sign him in March 2019 after the Jacksonville Jaguars released him. Unfortunately, he suffered a season-ending injury in Week 1 and didn’t make his Eagles debut until 2020. Jackson offered some pass rush juice early last season before getting banged up again. He finished the year with zero sacks and one quarterback hit from Week 6 on.
Browns general manager Andrew Berry was part of Philadelphia’s front office when Jackson was signed, so he clearly values the veteran defender. Maybe Jackson will stay healthy and bounce back for a Browns team that will be aiming for their first AFC North title since 1989.
Even if Jackson does experience a resurgence, the Eagles were right to move on. They had to clear cap space and get younger.