Jackson is a superb play-maker. In 2020 he had 9 interceptions and has 7 so far in 2021. He leads the league with 21 passes defended this year. He also has forced a fumble. But this doesn’t end the reason why Seattle needs to be ultra-aggressive in going after Jackson.
Jackson’s current team, the New England Patriots, is very unlikely to franchise-tag Jackson as New England doesn’t normally do those kinds of things and finds players to fit their system. But Jackson has the talent to fit well in any system and hold down one side of the field.
Jackson is 6’1″ and 200 pounds so he definitely has the size to play outside against taller receivers. He also is just 26 years old so should have at least four more years of high-level production.
PFF has Jackson rated as the 12th-best corner in the NFL this year. Jackson should be expected to at least maintain his current quality for several more years and might get even better. But he would be Seattle’s best corner since Richard Sherman left town.
Everybody missed on Jackson when he went undrafted in 2018 but the Seahawks need to not miss on the opportunity to sign Jackson this offseason and make him the highest-paid corner in the NFL. Plus, Seattle, unlike many teams, has the cap space to afford Jackson.