BREAKING: Bears extend Eddie Jackson

Matthew Rago, Managing Editor

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The  Chicago Bears signed Pro Bowl safety Eddie Jackson to a four-year, $58.4 million extension with $22 million guaranteed, according to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network.  The extension makes Jackson the highest paid safety in the NFL with an annual salary pf $14.6 million per season.

A former fourth-round pick in 2017 out of the University of Alabama, Jackson has earned two consecutive Pro Bowl berths to go alongside his 2018 First Team All-Pro selection. Last season, Jackson intercepted six passes, leading the league with two interceptions returned for touchdowns. In 2019, the third-year safety only collected two interceptions, though such as regression may be attributed to a pass rush hampered by injuries.

Jackson’s agency took to Twitter to confirm the extension:

Over a three-year career spanning 46 games, Jackson has a total of 10 interceptions, three touchdowns, 26 passes defended and four forced fumbles. The third-year safety has also collected two sacks, eight tackles for losses and has contributed to 184 tackles, 147 of which have been solo.

Jackson becomes the first player from the 2017 draft class to receive a contract extension.