The Eagles are expected to sign former Jaguars defensive lineman Malik Jackson to a three-year, $30 million contract once free agency officially begins Wednesday at 4 p.m., reports ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
Jackson, a 2012 fifth-round pick, spent his first four NFL seasons in Denver where he had 11 sacks, 15 passes defended and two forced fumbles. He played in Jacksonville in 2016-18 and racked up 18 sacks, 8 passes defended and four forced fumbles.
In Philadelphia he’ll join a defensive line that features Fletcher Cox. Jackson will be an upgrade over soon-to-be free agent Haloti Ngata, who was stout against the run last season but didn’t offer much as a pass rusher. Jackson, 29, is also six years younger than Ngata.
The Jaguars released Jackson late last week after they couldn’t find a willing trade partner. Jacksonville signed him three years ago to a six-year, $85.5 million deal with $31.5 million guaranteed.
Now that the Eagles have added depth along the defensive line they may look to shore up other positions in the draft. In our latest two-round mock draft, which came out early Monday morning, we had Philadelphia drafting Clemson defensive tackle Christian Wilkins with the No. 25 pick, Alabama running back Josh Jacobs at No. 53 and Ole Miss offensive tackle Greg Little at No. 57.