Eagles release veteran DT Malik Jackson
The purge of the Eagles roster continues with the cut of veteran defensive tackle Malik Jackson. Jackson was a significant piece of the Eagles defensive rotation this past season but looked to be the odd man out due to his large contract and production. Jackson’s cut saves only a few million in space, but every penny counts for the Eagles who are trying to open cap space for free agents.
Philadelphia signed Jackson back in 2019 to a three-year $30 million contract to help bolster the defensive line alongside Fletcher Cox. On opening day, Jackson suffered a Lisfranc injury that held him out the entirety of the 2019 season. In 2020, he recorded just 15 solo tackles and 2.5 sacks over 15 games.
While his production was nice to have, between the tight cap and having Javon Hargrave next to Fletcher Cox, there wasn’t much of a need for him anymore. The 31-year-old tackle will likely draw some attention in free agency and contribute to a contending team upfront.
Following the cuts of Alshon Jeffery, Desean Jackson, and now Malik Jackson, the next likely move will be trading tight end Zach Ertz. Ertz has a pretty decent trade market and will likely be on the move very soon.
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