The Broncos have offered Malik Jackson a deal worth more than $10MM per season, according to Troy E. Renck of The Denver Post. The Broncos badly want to keep their top-ranked defense in tact and they don’t want Jackson to test the waters on March 7th.
Denver, of course, has already committed a large sum to its other defensive end, as it agreed to a four-year, $36.75MM extension with Derek Wolfe last month. The 26-year-old Jackson is surely looking to match, or perhaps top, that figure, and given the recent deals handed out 3-4 defensive ends, he should be able to cash out on the open market. With his new deal, Wolfe became the seventh 3-4 DE to top the $9MM/per year mark, a list that includes Mike Daniels, Corey Liuget, and Cameron Jordan — all of whom signed extensions in the past year — and Jackson appears poised to top that AAV.
Recently, when asked about the idea of testing the free agent market, Jackson indicated that he might be willing to take a slight hometown discount to stay in Denver:
“In talking to my agent, I got a pretty good idea of what my worth is. But I would like to see — because you never know — just to see the numbers. But if Denver came with quality numbers close to what we feel I deserve, then I would stay.”
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