Broncos' Malik Jackson To Test NFL Free Agency Despite Significant Contract Offer

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Feb 24, 2016 10:00 AM EST
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The Denver Broncos have reportedly offered defensive lineman Malik Jackson a long-term contract averaging more than $10 million per year, but he is still expected to test the free agent market."

The Denver Broncos solidified themselves as one of the all-time great defenses with their Super Bowl 50 run and are looking to keep their defense intact in 2016 by re-signing some significant playmakers. The Broncos have made a push to re-sign defensive lineman and soon-to-be free agent Malik Jackson and have made a long-term contract offer averaging north of $10 million per year, according Troy Renck of the Denver Post.

The coveted defensive lineman is expected to have many suitors on the open market and could get $12-$13 million per year in free agency, according to Bleacher Report's Jason Cole. The Jacksonville Jaguars will likely be one of those suitors, as they reportedly are looking for pass rushers this offseason and could make a large contract offer to lure Jackson to Jacksonville.

"Free agency is a business at the end of the day. I hope we can get something done here," said Jackson after the Super Bowl, via the Denver Post. "But I am glad I had a chance to be with this group. I never know if I will have that chance to go back again if I don't stay here. It's a blessing to be around these guys. They are special."

The Broncos have some major free agent decisions to make this offseason, but Jackson is clearly a priority as they are looking to lock him up before the free agency period begins March 7. Jackson recorded 45 combined tackles, five sacks and defended seven passes during the 2015 regular season and would make an immediate impact on the defensive line for most teams.

While the Jaguars are expected to make a push for Jackson they won't be the only team, as the Oakland Raiders, Chicago Bears, Houston Texans, San Francisco 49ers and New York Giants could all have interest in the talented defensive lineman.

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