Source: Washington, William Jackson agree on 3-year, $42M deal

Former Cincinnati Bengals cornerback William Jackson has reached agreement with the Washington Football Team on a three-year, $42 million deal, a source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter on Tuesday.

Jackson, 28, entered 2020 with a lot to prove after the Bengals picked up his fifth-year option, and he responded by making his case for a lucrative new deal with a bounce-back season.cheap nike nfl jerseys wholesale

The 2016 first-round pick had 11 pass deflections, eight more than his 2019 total, and had a 57.9% completion percentage when he was the nearest defender, according to NFL Next Gen Stats. When Jackson was lined up against receivers on the outside of the formation, his numbers were even stronger. As the nearest defender in those situations, his completion percentage allowed dropped to 56.1%.7

Jackson had his breakout season in 2017, when he allowed 10 catches on 41 targets for no touchdowns, an interception and 13 pass deflections when he was the nearest defender against outside receivers, according to NFL Next Gen Stats.cheap nfl nike jersey

He missed his entire rookie season with a torn pectoral muscle after he was selected with the 24th overall pick. In his four seasons of action since, Jackson had 150 tackles, three interceptions, a sack, 41 passed defended and a defensive touchdown.

Detroit Lions tell CB Desmond Trufant he’ll be released, source says

The Detroit Lions have told cornerback Desmond Trufant that he will be released at the start of the league year, which begins on March 17, a source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Trufant signed a two-year, $20 million deal with the Lions before the 2020 season to be the team’s replacement for Darius Slay, who was traded to Philadelphia. Detroit still owes Trufant $3.5 million in guaranteed money for 2021.

It never quite worked out for Trufant, who was the Week 1 starter, as he spent most of the season with hamstring issues that limited him to 6 games, 1 interception and 4 passes defended. He also ended up in a playing-time battle with rookie first-round pick Jeff Okudah and second-year pro Amani Oruwariye for outside spots. Trufant’s role as a No. 1 corner was in question for the 2021 season.

With both Oruwariye and Okudah under contract for the foreseeable future and being much younger, that made the 30-year-old Trufant expendable. He was scheduled to make $9.5 million in cash in 2021 and carry a salary-cap hit of $12.5 million.nfl jerseys nike cheap6

By releasing him, the Lions saved $3 million in cap space — and if he’s designated as a post-June 1 cut, they’ll save $6.5 million. He will carry a $6 million cap charge for the Lions this year, according to Roster Management System.

Releasing Trufant helps the Lions clear cap space after the trade of Matthew Stafford for Jared Goff.

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“We need competition in that area. We need depth in areas,” Campbell said. “We need competition. I mean, just because for example, we’ve got two young cornerbacks, man, you still want competition. You want guys that they’re having to compete [with] that are able to push them, or they’re pushing for that starting position. I mean, it’s just healthy. It makes you better.”

Trufant, a former first-round pick for Atlanta in 2013, made the Pro Bowl in 2015 and has started all 103 games he’s played in during his career, making 14 interceptions with 83 passes defended, 3 forced fumbles and 7 fumble recoveries. He played all but last season with the Falcons.

Ben Roethlisberger signs with Pittsburgh Steelers for 2021 NFL season

Ben Roethlisberger is officially back with the Pittsburgh Steelers for the 2021 NFL season, the team announced Thursday.

The Steelers did not disclose the terms, but a source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter that Roethlisberger willingly reduced his pay to $14 million from $19 million in this final year of his contract and spread the cash payment through 2022. The move lowers the team’s salary-cap hit by more than $15 million.

“It is my greatest honor to be a Pittsburgh Steeler and give my all for this organization,” Roethlisberger said in a statement issued by the team. “I am grateful to be at this stage of my career and more than happy to adjust my contract in a way that best helps the team address other players who are so vital to our success. I love this game and love to compete, and I believe in this team and my ability to deliver when called upon. It all starts with great preparation and I am ready to go.”cheap nfl jerseys china nike

Roethlisberger was previously under contract for the 2021 season, although the team made it clear he could not return with the $41.2 million cap hit.

“We are excited we were able to come to an agreement with Ben Roethlisberger on a new contract for him to return to the Steelers in 2021,” general manager Kevin Colbert said in a statement. “We know that Ben can still play at a high level and do special things for this team. Our goal remains the same — to put together a roster that will compete for another championship. We are happy that Ben will be one of our leaders to help us accomplish that goal.”5

Roethlisberger, who turned 39 earlier this week, threw 33 touchdowns and 10 interceptions last season, his first after major elbow surgery following a season-ending injury in Week 2 of the 2019 season.

He attempted 608 passes in the 2020 season — tied for the second-highest total of his career — and maintained throughout the season that his elbow felt fine and wasn’t affecting his on-field performance, though dismal halves against the Cincinnati Bengals, Indianapolis Colts and even the Cleveland Browns suggested otherwise at times.

Still, Roethlisberger showed an ability to stretch the field late in the season, upping his average air yards per attempt from 6 yards to 8 yards for the final three games.china nike nfl jerseys cheap

After the season, Roethlisberger said he hoped the Steelers would want him back if he opted to return rather than retiring. Team president Art Rooney II and Colbert made it clear in offseason interviews and statements that Roethlisberger could not come back on his current contract but that they wanted the quarterback to return for one more season — as long as they could free up money to field a competitive team around the quarterback.

With Roethlisberger’s deal, the Steelers are close to cap-compliant for the start of the new league year on March 17.

Although Roethlisberger’s restructured contract reduces his cap hit, the team still faces a difficult task in re-signing any of its 19 unrestricted free agents, including receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster and linebacker Bud Dupree.