Chargers Free Agency

Grading the Chargers signings from the first day of free agency

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J.C. Jackson
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LA Chargers signing #1 - J.C. Jackson

J.C. Jackson came to terms with the Chargers on Monday afternoon when the two sides reached an agreement on a five-year, $82.5 million deal that includes $40 million guaranteed.

This signing is monumental for the Bolts defense, and I can't stress enough how much this changes the defensive landscape for Brandon Staley.

Before we get started on the team fit, let's acknowledge the fact that the contract is an absolute steal. Jackson was rumored to 'reset' the corner market, and many expected him to command and receive over $20 million per year. The Chargers got him at a clip of $16.5 million per season! Jackson's contract only makes him the 6th highest-paid corner in football. Jackson's deal is the exact same as the contract Byron Jones signed in Miami, and keep in mind Jackson is much better than Jones, and that contract was handed out two offseasons ago. Telesco and McGuire deserve endless respect for pulling off this deal at that number.

The ex-Patriots corner will arrive in LA and immediately occupy the CB1 role in Staley's defense. Doing this will push Michael Davis to CB2, a role Davis is much more suited to, and will result in Asante Samuel Jr. becoming the team's slot corner, a job that fits Samuel's traits to a tee.

Jackson, also known as 'Mr. INT', will bring his ball-hawking skills to LA, which saw him grab 17 interceptions over the last two seasons. This likely provides the team with more turnovers, something they failed to accumulate enough in 2021.

The former Maryland Terrapin is obviously one of the best cover corners in the league. Jackson received a PFF grade of 82.7 for his work last season and had the 3rd best passer rating allowed when targeted in coverage. A whopping 12 PBU's are another result of Jackson's supremely talented ball skills. Jackson works best in zone coverage and should find himself playing a ton of zone under Brandon Staley.

This deal is a perfect player-scheme fit for LA and is all done on a team-friendly, long-term contract. Signing J.C. Jackson was the absolute perfect start to the 2022 free agency period for the Chargers.

Grade: A+