On Monday, the Tennessee Titans released former first-round cornerback Adoree’ Jackson, who was due to make north of $10 million next season under his fifth-year team option. Instead, he has hit the open market and remains unsigned after the first few days of free agency. ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported on Friday that Jackson is indeed getting looks from other teams, with visits scheduled with the New York Giants and Philadelphia Eagles this coming Monday.
However, according to USA Today NFL reporter Mike Jones, the Chiefs are one of a few other teams to have “expressed interest” in signing the speedy cornerback and return man. Among the group are the rival Las Vegas Raiders, Arizona Cardinals and Los Angeles Rams.
Rams, Chiefs, Raiders and Cardinals also have expressed interest. https://t.co/cE72TAhQLU
— Mike Jones (@ByMikeJones) March 19, 2021
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Jackson Offers Supreme Athleticism & 4.3 Speed
Jackson, 25, has had an up and down start to his pro career after being selected 18th overall in 2017 — the third cornerback to go off the board behind New Orleans’ Marshon Lattimore (11th) and Baltimore’s Marlon Humphrey (16th).
He missed the first 13 games last season before returning from a knee injury in Week 15. For his career, the USC product has totaled 200 combined tackles, 33 pass breakups, five forced fumbles and two interceptions in 46 games (41 starts). Jackson’s explosiveness in the return game was also a coveted skill coming out of college, and he has turned that into 1,127 all-purpose yards through four seasons, although he was not put back into that role late last year.
Jackson goes against the stereotype of cornerbacks who can’t or don’t want to tackle and be physical in the run game. His first two NFL seasons saw him finish with at least 70 tackles, a skill he has carried over from his amateur years.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, the former USC sprinter and long jumper recorded an impressive 4.39 40-yard-dash time at the 2017 NFL Scouting Combine. The 5-foot-11, 185-pounder is a threat to score anytime he touches the football, as evidenced by his four return touchdowns, 593 scrimmage yards, five receiving touchdowns and 37 receptions for USC.
He also does wall flips for fun.
— Adoree' Jackson (@AdoreeKnows) July 22, 2016
Jackson Among the Best Available Cornerbacks
A former first-round pick, Adoree Jackson has elite coverage numbers. He ranks just behind the trio of Jaire Alexander, Richard Sherman and Stephon Gilmore among corners when lined up outside in PFF coverage grade since 2018, and was an unexpected cut by the Titans. He missed almost the entirety of the 2020 season, but if he checks out medically is an outstanding option at the position.
While Sherman, Kyle Fuller, Malcolm Butler, Xavier Rhodes and Casey Hayward remain unsigned, as does former Chiefs starter Bashaud Breeland, who hit the free agent market for the second consecutive year after agreeing to a one-year “prove it” deal last offseason.
As of Friday, “it remains a possibility the Chiefs re-sign” the 29-year-old Breeland, according to FanSided national NFL reporter Matt Verderame, though “nothing is imminent.”
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Chris Licata is an NFL contributor covering the Kansas City Chiefs from enemy territory in Denver, Colorado. Follow him on Twitter @Chris__Licata or join the Heavy on Chiefs Facebook community for the latest out of Chiefs Kingdom!