Houston Texans should make J.C. Jackson a priority in free agency

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The Houston Texans could add another player to the New England-Houston pipeline.

It appears that the New England Patriots might be doing that one thing where they release a player in his prime, as J.C. Jackson hasn’t had any talks with Patriots brass about another contract. That’s precisely where the Houston Texans and Nick Caserio can come in and take a serious upgrade at the position and put it on their roster.

Jackson has 25 interceptions over his four-year career, including a career-best of nine interceptions in 2020. Many have coveted Jackson, and it’s easy to see why. Jackson’s advanced stats show that Jackson’s worst completion percentage in one year was 59 percent.

Jackson could thrive as Houston’s newest cornerback with a defensive-minded head coach in Lovie Smith. Jackson would be a much-needed upgrade over Lonnie Johnson Jr, who drew the ire of Texans fans last season. Plus, who wouldn’t want to play in a division where Carson Wentz is throwing terrible interceptions? It’s a win-win!

J.C Jackson could make the Houston Texans that much better

Imagining a secondary with Jackson and Justin Reid would be something to fear if it accumulated in real life. Jackson would most likely get his first big payday, and with Drew Rosenhaus as his agent, it’s almost a given that he will.

Although Jackson could get an even bigger contract from a contender. Maybe Cincinnatti would want Jackson to replace Eli Apple, who didn’t get his head around in time to bat the ball away from Cooper Kupp. The Bengals do have the most cap space in the league, so that could be a very real possibility.

Caserio’s approach will be interesting to watch, as no big-name free agents signed here last year. The free agents that are brought in have a high chance of determining the draft strategy as well. Adding someone like Aidan Hutchinson with all the moves mentioned above would give Houston a great defense, at least on paper.

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