Adoree Jackson is a great fit for the Giants
The New York Giants finished off what looks to be a very impressive free agent class by signing former Tennessee Titans’ cornerback Adoree Jackson to a three-year deal earlier this week.
Pro Football Focus have been grading the free agent moves that teams around the NFL have been making and of course they graded the Giants signing Jackson. They gave the move an “average” grade. Here’s a portion of what they wrote:
Since 2018, Jackson’s 85.6 coverage grade when lined up out wide is the fourth-best mark, trailing just Jaire Alexander, Richard Sherman and Stephon Gilmore. His forced incompletion rate of 40.0% on deep targets over the past two seasons ranks second among all cornerbacks who have faced at least 15 such targets. And he has the fourth-most wins above replacement generated at cornerback since being drafted in 2017.
One of the surprise cuts of the entire offseason, the 2017 first-rounder was set to play on the fifth-year option in 2021 at a value of $10.244 million. This is the last season where the fifth-year option will be guaranteed for injury only at signing, meaning Tennessee had no financial penalty as a result of this move. But going forward, a team would be on the hook for the entire amount were they to release a player in the same fashion.
I can see an average grade for the fact that the Giants paid Jackson very well for a guy who missed a lot of time in 2020 due to injury. But at the end of the day New York has a good chance at having one of the top defenses in the NFL next season.
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