BREAKING: New York Giants sign former first-round cornerback Adoree’ Jackson

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The New York Giants have made another big splash in free agency. The Giants have agreed to terms with one of free agency’s top cornerbacks, Adoree’ Jackson (per Ian Rapoport). According to Adam Schefter, the Giants signed Adoree’ Jackson to a three-year deal worth $39 million. This is the second big move New York made this week after landing 2021’s top free-agent wide receiver Kenny Golladay on Saturday.

The former Tennessee Titans cornerback Adoree’ Jackson was shockingly released by his former team last week. The Titans released Jackson to save over $10 million in salary-cap space. Interest amongst teams generated quickly and the Giants quickly set up a meeting with Jackson. Adoree met with New York on Sunday and Monday while Giants players heavily recruited the cornerback to join their team.

The New York Giants are landing a talented, yet injury-prone cornerback in Adoree’ Jackson. Jackson has played in only three of his last 21 regular-season games. He was placed on injured reserve in 2020 after suffering a knee injury just three games into the season.

While Adoree’s career in Tennessee ended with injuries and inconsistency, it began with impressive and reliable outside cornerback play. Since 2018, Adoree Jackson has the fourth-highest coverage grade when lined up outside according to Pro Football Focus with a grade of 85.6. This grade has Jackson on a list with stars like Jaire Alexander, Richard Sherman, and Stephon Gilmore.

Adoree’ Jackson is a highly athletic cornerback that played primarily on the outside with the Titans. He’s a 4.42s forty-yard dash guy with a 36-inch vertical. Jackson topped 70 combined tackles in each of his first two seasons and racked up a total of 27 passed defended during that time span. Adoree Jackson has two career interceptions and three forced fumbles to his name.

Adoree’ Jackson has some question marks from his final two seasons in Tennessee. But he is still a young, talented player at only 25-years-old. A change of scenery could benefit Adoree. Playing opposite of James Bradberry in Patrick Graham’s defensive scheme with the New York Giants could be exactly what Adoree Jackson needs to get his career back on track.

New York Giants inching closer to deal with CB Adoree Jackson

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The New York Giants already made a major splash in free agency acquiring wide receiver Kenny Golladay, but it seems as if their quest to improve doesn’t end there. Reports have indicated that the Giants have made signing cornerback Adoree Jackson a priority moving forward, as they hosted him on Sunday.

Jackson is coming off a season where he played in only two full games, allowing 220 yards and three touchdowns. A significant knee injury kept him out for the majority of the year and likely impacted his game when he returned in weeks 16 and 17.

The Tennessee Titans cutting the former first-round pick came as a surprise, especially coming off a season plagued by injury. They likely could have retained him on a cheap deal, but the Giants will benefit from their move.

With the Giants closing in on Jackson, it is possible they sign him as early as Monday afternoon, especially with multiple Giants defenders courting him to the Big Apple. Players like Jabrill Peppers, Logan Ryan, and Darnay Holmes have all expressed and vocalize their desire for Jackson to join them.

The Giants’ defense ranked ninth last year in points allowed per game but landed at 17th in passing yards allowed. A significant liability at CB2 in Isaac Yiadom disrupted their efficiency and forced coordinator Patrick Graham to change his schematics. They asked CB1 James Bradberry to lock down an entire half of the field, playing more zone coverage to disguise and confuse opposing quarterbacks.

One of the primary questions being asked is how the Giants will fit him under their cap. I predict Jackson will hold a value of one-year, $6.5 million, but there’s always the possibility they sign him to a multi-year deal and keep his hit low for the 2021 season, similar to Golladay and Leonard Williams. Golladay will count just $4.5 million against the cap in 2021, with Williams counting $11 million.

One intriguing move for the Giants could be to cut Isaac Yiadom, saving about $2.2 million, and roll it over to Jackson on an incentive-laden deal. This would keep his cap hit low and re-allocate money at the same position, which would keep the balance on defense and allow the Giants to utilize their draft picks more efficiently.

New York Giants interested in CB Adoree Jackson, what would he bring?

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While the headlines are plastered with wide receiver Kenny Golladay, the New York Giants are low-key, making moves on the back end. Former Tennessee Titans first-round pick Adoree’ Jackson is scheduled to visit the Giants on Sunday before making a stop in Philadelphia with the Eagles.

The Giants have a significant hole at CB2 on defense, which forced them to play more zone-coverage, something that coordinator Patrick Graham seldom used while with Miami Dolphins in 2019. His roots are based in man-coverage schemes, but the Giants thrived in zone coverage trying to cover up their weakness at CB2. However, it showed up more often than not, especially against teams with heavy passing attacks.

Reserve corner Isaac Yiadom played the majority of snaps for the Giants at CB2 in 2020, allowing 451 yards and six touchdowns. He was abysmal aside from one or two anomaly performances. Signing Jackson would not only improve the secondary significantly, but it would also likely make them one of the top units in the NFL.

The Giants’ defense ranked ninth in points allowed per game last year at 22.3, and that was without a significant pass rush presence and second-round pick Xavier McKinney for the first half of the season. Adding a dominant corner to pair with James Bradberry and getting some of their outside linebackers back from injury would be massive for their efficiency.

Who would Adoree’ Jackson bring to the New York Giants?

Jackson only played in three games last year due to a knee injury, the final three contests to be exact. He played 98% of snaps in the final two games, recording eight tackles, and allowed 13 completions for 152 yards and three scores. Coming off a serious injury clearly impacted his performance, but let’s look back to 2019 to get a better idea of what he brings to the table. In 2019, he recorded a 66.7 completion percentage over 11 games, allowing just one score and 36 completions. He was one of the top cover corners in 2019 when healthy, and at 25 years old, he’s ready to take on another challenge.

Considering Patrick Peterson just landed a one-year, $10 million deal with the Minnesota Vikings, Jackson likely wouldn’t come cheap. He might be a multi-year option player instead of a one-year deal stopgap. As a superior athlete with fantastic versatility, Jackson might come on a cost-efficient deal considering a depressed cornerback market.