Defensive tackle Malik Jackson has reportedly agreed to a three-year deal worth $30 million with the Eagles. Jackson, who was selected to the Pro Bowl in 2017, now re-solidifies the Eagles with one of the best defensive fronts in all of football.

Jackson, 29, was released by the Jaguars this offseason mid-way through his six-year deal worth $85.5 million deal. The move by the Jaguars was likely to clear up cap space to possibly sign QB Nick Foles. Since Jackson was released, he will not cost the Eagles one of their potential compensatory picks in 2020.

Last season, Jackson finished with 32 tackles, including 3.5 sacks and seven tackles for a loss. Jackson also finished with 12 quarterback hits, and according to PFF, was the ninth-best defensive lineman when it came to pressures in 2018.

Jackson had his best season in 2017, where he finished with 40 tackles, including 8.0 sacks and 10 tackles for a loss. Jackson also had 11 quarterback hits, four forced fumbles and three pass deflections.

After deciding to move on from Timmy Jernigan, who was set to make $13 million in 2019, Jackson now looks to be the final piece to the puzzle on the Eagles defensive line. Jackson will be starting alongside Fletcher Cox, Brandon Graham, and Derek Barnett. All four players are under contract until at least 2021, with Cox still under contract until 2023.

With the signing of Jackson, the Eagles now have around $20 million in cap space remaining, with free agents of their own such as Ronald Darby and Jay Ajayi being pursued by the team to be brought back.

The signing of Jackson also means the Eagles can be more flexible when the NFL Draft comes around. After losing Jernigan, selecting a defensive tackle seemed to be the most likely move in the first round. Now, the Eagles can shift their sights towards selecting a running back, wide receiver, or linebacker when they’re on the clock at pick 25.

Jackson is likely just the first of many moves for the Eagles in the coming weeks, and he may not end up being the biggest one when all is said and done. Regardless, the signing of Jackson has brought an immense amount of stability on the Eagles defensive line for years to come.

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