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New England Patriots Release Cornerback J.C. Jackson, Open Up Salary Cap Space

The New England Patriots have opted to part ways with cornerback J.C. Jackson, resulting in a notable increase of about $13.5 million in their salary cap flexibility. This decision comes without any financial repercussions for the team.

Jackson returned to the Patriots through a trade with the Los Angeles Chargers last October after previously spending four years with them, during which he notably contributed to their Super Bowl win in LIII and received recognition as both a Pro Bowler and an All-Pro.

However, Jackson’s recent stint with the Patriots seemed to be marked by challenges from the outset. He was sidelined in December due to a non-football illness, effectively ending his season. Reports indicate that he was grappling with personal health issues, described by his agent Neil Schwartz as “mental health issues,” which caused him to miss a crucial game against the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 15.

Concerns for Jackson’s well-being were expressed by teammates, including Matthew Slater, who retired recently. Additionally, Jackson was absent from the Patriots’ Week 10 game against the Indianapolis Colts due to personal reasons and did not travel with the team for their match in Frankfurt, Germany.

Following Jackson’s release, the Patriots are projected to have a substantial $100.3 million available in salary cap space, as noted by expert Miguel Benzan, as they gear up for the upcoming season commencing on March 13. The team currently has several cornerbacks, including Christian Gonzalez, Shaun Wade, Jonathan Jones, Marcus Jones, Marco Wilson, and Isaiah Bolden, already under contract for the 2024 season.

Yachiga Tavershima
Yachiga Tavershima
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