Chicago Bears safety Eddie Jackson was rewarded with a four-year, $58.4 million contract extension this offseason. He became the NFL’s highest-paid safety, and there’s a reason why.
In just three seasons, Jackson has established himself as one of the cornerstones of this dominant Bears defense. He has 184 tackles, 10 interceptions, 26 pass breakups, four forced fumbles, five fumble recoveries and two sacks during that span. Jackson has also returned three of his interceptions and two of his fumble recoveries for touchdowns.
As Shook pointed out in his analysis, Jackson’s interception total was indeed low in 2019. But that had more to do with Chicago moving him to strong safety, where he wasn’t able to be the ballhawk that he’s established himself as in his first two seasons with the Bears.
With the departure of Ha Ha Clinton-Dix in free agency, the Bears are moving Jackson back to free safety, where he’ll be able to play centerfield and make more of those game-changing plays and rack up interceptions.