Out of all of the noise surrounding the New England Patriots this offseason, the cornerback place was heavy within the combine.
Stephon Gilmore, who’s status still remains unclear, took headlines for his absence at necessary minicamp. Gilmore is coming into the fifth 12 months of his contract and won’t play for the $7 million that he’s due. The Patriots No. 2 cornerback J.C. Jackson was in place for a contract extension, however the staff deferred and put a second-round tender on him.
Jackson tallied 9 interceptions final season, which was second behind Miami Dolphins’ Xavien Howard. He joined the Patriots as un undrafted free agent in the course of the 2018 season and has a complete of 17 interceptions with 45 video games performed. Jackson is extraordinarily dependable, an unreal athlete and he’s doubtless the explanation New England would threat letting go of Gilmore.
The issue is — he’s solely set to make $3.4 million this 12 months earlier than changing into an unrestricted free agent.
While catching up with NFL Network’s Mike Giardi on Monday, Jackson mentioned the contract state of affairs and shrugged it off.
“I didn’t get no extension. So what? Who cares? I do know it’s coming,” he mentioned. “I simply love the sport, man. The cash going to return. I simply love taking part in soccer.”
Jackson did make it clear that he’s a No. 1 cornerback.
“In fact I’m,” Jackson mentioned. “I’d by no means accept much less. I’d by no means say I’m No. 2, No. 3. I’m No. 1.”
As for the extension, Jackson showed his potential frustration on Instagram in April.
My tackle JC Jackson’s Instagram story is he’s saying he’s working onerous so as to maximize his worth. I’d predict he performs this season on his tender hits free company in 2022. He has a legit probability to create generational wealth with one other good season. He is aware of that. pic.twitter.com/yjkLPO5noP
— Mark Daniels (@MarkDanielsPJ) April 11, 2021
As lengthy he’s wholesome and stays productive in 2021, it’s onerous to think about he gained’t attract top-tier cash heading into 2022.