Jags’ DT Malik Jackson Believes He Will Be Released in the Off-season

Malik Jackson (middle) with Calais Campbell and Dante Fowler Jr. in 2018. Photo by David Fisher/REX/Shutterstock

Jacksonville Jaguars will look to make a big overhaul to their team in the near future after a disastrous 2018 season. Their defensive tackle Malik Jackson believes he will be affected with this as well and that his time in Jacksonville will soon be over.

In my mind, if I’m third or fourth on the depth chart making $14.5 million to $15 million, I don’t see too much future for me in Jacksonville,” – said Jackson on Wednesday. “I’m not trying to be a journeyman by any means. But it’s a business and soon as you try to forget that then it’s a rude awakening for sure.

After winning a Super Bowl with the Denver Broncos, Jackson joined the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2016 as a free agent, signing a massive six-year, $85.5 million deal. After a solid first season with the organization, he managed to get eight sacks in 2017 and earn a Pro Bowl selection. The 2018 season, however, didn’t go the same way, since he just has one sack in 13 games played.

If Jags decide to cut Malik Jackson after the season ends, they will save $11 million in cap space while taking a $4 million hit. Since this would make a lot of sense for Jacksonville, Jackson knows he has to put in maximum effort in the last three games to get the attention of other NFL teams who could potentially pursue him in the offseason.

With my situation, I’m playing for 31 other teams potentially,” – the 29-year-old explained. “I have to show these teams that I’m playing at a high level. I’m a pass rusher with one sack. So I have to show this team that I’m consistently still getting to the quarterback, but I’m just not finishing. So for me, I have to show a lot of people a lot of things about who I am and what I am and what I’m continuing trying to build for myself.