Jackson was on pace to make $13 million in his final year with Tampa Bay, which was the last of a three-year, $33.5 million deal. The Eagles sent a 2020 seventh-round draft pick and a 2019 sixth-round pick for the 32-year-old, who spent his first six seasons with Philadelphia. He averaged 59 catches for over 1,000 yards and five touchdowns per season, but was cut by head coach Chip Kelly in March of 2014. That was following a career year that saw him record 1,332 receiving yards and nine touchdowns. Jackson took to social media on Monday to have a more formal goodbye this time around, calling his time with the Buccaneers "a great experience." The Buccaneers freed up $10 million in salary cap space, as they hope to join all of the free agency action that started on Monday.
The Eagles were also part of that free agency action, bringing in defensive tackle Malik Jackson on a three-year, $10 million deal. This move comes just days after they sent Michael Bennett to the New England Patriots, which means Jackson will be playing next to Fletcher Cox on the line. The Eagles also declined Tim Jernigan's option, which gave them even more room to bring in the big man. Jackson at one time signed the richest contract in Jaguars history in 2016, but was released by the team last Friday, and was due to make $13 million in 2019. That contract was a six-year, $85.5 million deal, this after he set a career high with 6.5 sacks, and then got even better with eight in 2017, along with four forced fumbles en route to a Pro Bowl appearance. Jackson turned 29 in January and never missed a game in four seasons with Jacksonville. He will hope to add to an already impressive Eagles defense come 2019.