Breakout cornerback J.C. Jackson signed his tender with the New England Patriots, preventing the restricted free agent from signing an offer sheet with another team. But, as NFL Network's Ian Rappaport pointed out, that does not ensure that Jackson will be with the team in 2021.
A trade is very much still within the realm of possibility. In fact, signing the offer with New England might've even made a deal more likely, as now Jackson can be acquired via trade for less than a second-round pick. And with the Patriots potentially stocking the war chest to trade up for a quarterback in the 2021 NFL Draft, recouping some assets by dealing Jackson makes a ton of sense.
With that in mind, here are three of the most likely trade destinations for Jackson this offseason.
J.C. Jackson Trade Rumors
3. Green Bay Packers
The Green Bay Packers have one of the best cornerbacks in the NFL in Jaire Alexander. But the group behind him doesn't exactly inspire much confidence, and Kevin King's performance in the NFC Championship Game solidified that. Rather than try to rebuild that unit through the draft, Green Bay could finally elect to push all its chips onto the table and make a deal for Jackson. The Packers might struggle to re-sign Jackson to a long-term deal, but Aaron Rodgers isn't getting any younger. Adding the 26-year-old on a likely one-year rental could get Green Bay back to the Super Bowl in 2021.
2. Tennessee Titans
The Tennessee Titans' defense was this team's Achilles heel last year, particularly on third down. The secondary is a pretty clear weak point for Tennessee, especially after losing Malcom Butler. Replacing him with another former Patriot in Jackson could help shore up that unit in a hurry. Armed with two third-round picks, Tennessee has more than enough assets to entice New England to make a deal.
1. Dallas Cowboys
The Dallas Cowboys have a glaring hole at cornerback. It's clearly a position the team plans on addressing in the NFL Draft, as a ton of analysts have Dallas slated to pick a CB at No. 10. If Dallas goes in a different direction at No. 10, or feels that one addition isn't enough, dealing for Jackson makes a ton of sense. Dallas has two picks in both the third and fourth rounds, and parting ways with one of those selections could be enough to land Jackson. The 25-year-old is coming off a 9-interception campaign in 2020 and could be a fixture in Jerry World for years to come.
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