J.C. Jackson, shutdown cornerback
Maybe I am thinking too much about how great the Seahawks used to be in the early 2010s. Those teams, especially the 2013 version, are some of the best in the history of the league. The current team is aging and far less talented overall. The difference in aggressiveness is night and day compared to 2013 to now. Seattle settles now. The early 2010s teams wanted to take another team’s soul.
One issue Seattle has had since Richard Sherman left (no offense to Shaquill Griffin but he was not as good as Sherman) is that they haven’t had a cornerback that opposing quarterbacks were truly afraid to target. Whatever Seattle needs to pay to get Jackson, they need to pay it.
Jackson would help re-form the Seahawks defense into a unit that resembles something closer to the early 2010s. His strength is playing man-coverage just like Sherman did. Seattle plays far too much zone now as they are afraid of getting beat. Jackson doesn’t get beat deep.
Jackson also creates turnovers. He has 9 interceptions in 2020 and has 7 this year. His quarterback rating allowed this year is 36.4. The New England Patriots are unlikely to franchise tag Jackson and will likely let Jackson test free-agent waters. Seattle needs to pay Jackson. A secondary with Quandre Diggs (assuming he re-signs), Jamal Adams, D.J. Reed and Jackson would be a good one.