The Denver Broncos are attempting to re-sign defensive end Malik Jackson, according to 9News’ Mike Klis. The two sides have not reached an agreement and he may enter the open market in March.
Jackson, whose 26-years-old, has been with the team since 2012. He was also a big factor in the Broncs Super Bowl 50 win over the Carolina Panthers from Levi Stadium.
With the Broncos recently re-signing defensive end Derek Wolfe to a four-year, $36.75 million extension, Jackson is looking to get similar numbers. The contracts given out to 3-4 defensive ends have been all near the same.
Wolfe is going to make $9 million per year. Other 3-4 defensive ends, who have signed new deals in the past year include Mike Daniels, Corey Liuget and Cameron Jordan.
However, with the Broncos currently dealing with cap space issues, it’s going to be tough to sign Jackson at the moment. They could always release declining veterans or wait until after Peyton Manning officially walks away – of course if he even does retire – as that’s also increase the team’s cap space.
He’s expected to have a $21.5 million salary cap number. However, before he played in the Super Bowl, there was speculation that he would retire as the 39-year-old had a very difficult season.
Offensive tackle Ryan Clady has said that he’s open to restructuring his contract to stay with the team and they could make the tough decision of releasing linebacker DeMarcus Ware as his fate is reportedly riding on if the team can re-sign Jackson.
Also, the Broncos will have another factor in retaining Jackson and that’s re-signing Super Bowl MVP Von Miller, who wants to be the highest-paid defensive player in the league. If he can get that kind of salary, then it’s going to drastically affect the signing of other players, including Jackson.
If the Broncos franchise tag Miller, it’ll cost them $14 million. But if he signs a long-term deal, it’ll be in the neighborhood of a $100 million or more.
Broncos general manager John Elway said, “It’s a fluid situation and our budget is only so big,” when asked about signing Miller. Elway would like to also keep starting linebacker Danny Trevathan, whose also a free agent.
Jackson, it seems, would like to be with the team for the long-haul. However, he’s sure not going to turn down the money if it doesn’t come from the Broncos.
“For me, I would love to stay here and just continue with my boys, continue this run with them and try to get another one with this defense,” Jackson recently said on Pro Football Talk Live. “It is a business, so we’ll see what happens.”
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