Eagles trade target: Packers cornerback could be a potential option
While the Eagles did draft CB Zech McPhearson in the 4th round of this year’s draft and traded for undersized Josiah Scott last week, they still lack a true outside corner other than Darius Slay. One name that could be available is former 2nd-round pick Josh Jackson in Green Bay.
The Packers cornerback had a promising rookie season in 2018 with 10 passes defended — good for second on the team — before being buried on the depth chart behind Kevin King and Jaire Alexander. Having only played 32% of the defensive snaps in 2020, Jackson seemingly doesn’t fit into the Packers’ long-term future with the team drafting Eric Stokes last month. A fresh start for Jackson may be what’s best for him.
The Eagles could use a bigger frame outside as Jackson is 6’0″, 190 lbs, the prototypical size you’d want in an NFL cornerback. Jackson set career-highs as a junior in Iowa before being drafted:
- 48 tackles
- 18 passes defended
- 8 INTs (led the nation)
New Eagles defensive coordinator Jonathan Gannon stated last week that he wouldn’t bottle the defense into a scheme and instead play his defensive backs to their strengths. If given the opportunity, Jackson could return to his ball-hawking form for nothing more than a late-round pick. Jackson carries a cap hit of roughly $1.9M in 2021.
The Packers just got a corner with some serious HANDS in Josh Jackson. pic.twitter.com/TfbYAxrQTZ— CBS Sports (@CBSSports) April 28, 2018
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