The Los Angeles Chargers Are Going All-In With Massive JC Jackson Signing

The Los Angeles Chargers aren’t messing around.

Before free agency, the Chargers signed Mike Williams to a three-year deal. Then, they stunned everybody by landing star pass rusher Khalil Mack in a blockbuster deal with the Chicago Bears.

On Monday, when the legal tampering period began, the Chargers did what had been rumored for quite some time: They landed Pro Bowl cornerback JC Jackson on a monster deal.

Jackson to the Chargers had been discussed for a long time, and LA wasted no time making this happen and shoring up what is now a formidable defense. The Chargers are going all-in, something we haven’t seen before, and the AFC West continues to shift by the day.

The Chargers land JC Jackson on a massive deal after Derwin James’ emoji tease

On Monday, Chargers star safety Derwin James Jr. sent the typical eye emoji Tweet and excited everybody. Then nothing happened for a matter of hours, and James tweeted it again — this time with two sets of eyes.

Shortly after the second Tweet, it was reported that the Chargers agreed to a deal with Jackson.

Jackson gets paid, and it’s a well-deserved deal for Mr. INT. After the New England Patriots decided not to use the franchise tag on Jackson, it was an expectation that he would get a monster deal and the Chargers quickly emerged as a frontrunner.

Brandon Staley lives and breathes on the defensive side of the ball, and LA desperately needed help in the secondary. Enter Jackson, who now gives the Chargers a defensive core of James, Jackson, Joey Bosa, and Khalil Mack.

That is scary.

The Chargers continue to go all-in to begin the 2022 offseason

The Chargers never do this. Yet, here we are.

In a matter of days, the Chargers brought back their No. 2 WR, formed one of the best pass-rushing duos in the NFL, and brought in the best available CB on the market.

They aren’t done yet, either. Sure, the cap space is drying up after taking on Mack’s contract and signing Jackson to a monster deal, but don’t think Tom Telesco and Brandon Staley are done adding to this roster.

They still have the No. 17 overall pick in the 2022 NFL Draft and can create more cap space by restructuring deals and cutting Bryan Bulaga, among other moves.

With Justin Herbert on his rookie contract and both Keenan Allen and Austin Ekeler signed, now is the time to push all the chips in and make a run. Oddly enough, this is very similar to what the LA Rams did last offseason, so perhaps Staley and Telesco are learning from their SoFi Stadium roommates.

The AFC West just flipped upside down in a matter of days

The Chargers are adding star CB JC Jackson.
Brandon Staley and JC Jackson | Steve Marcus/ Adam Glanzman/Getty Images

The Kansas City Chiefs were one game away from a third straight Super Bowl trip. The Las Vegas Raiders edged out the Chargers in Week 18 to secure a playoff spot.

The Broncos fired Vic Fangio, added Russell Wilson, and are expected to be heavy players in free agency. The Chargers have now committed nearly $200 million over the past few days, and their pre-free agency spending spree of Williams and Mack was already a significant boost for their odds in 2022.

The addition of Jackson is the biggest of them all. Staley adds a Pro Bowl CB who can show Asante Samuel Jr. the ways, and the back of the LA defense looks like a dangerous group.

Who knows who else comes to LA, and seeing a roster like this could attract other veterans to sign cheaper deals to join forces with the Chargers. Who knows.

But, the Chargers are going all-in and trying to take full advantage of Herbert’s rookie contract. Enjoy the ride because the AFC West could very well go through LA in 2022 and beyond.

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