It certainly doesn’t look like the Bucs are going to franchise cornerback Carlton Davis. And the cornerback market has gotten a little more crowded today.
Player value is a lot like the fundamental economic rule that governs business: supply and demand. The more supply there is, the less demand there is. And with less demand, there are less costs.
So if Davis is going to hit the open market in 10 days, his wish for a monster top-five-worthy contract just took a bit of a hit today when news broke that Belicheats top corner JC Jackson n is not should be franchised. Therefore, Jackson should be one of the most coveted corners in free agency, if not the most coveted.
It comes from the fingertips of NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport.
From the NFL now: #Patriots CB JC Jackson is expected to hit the free agent market rather than being given the franchise tag. One of the best OCs will generate significant interest. pic.twitter.com/i3PE7GGGNE
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 4, 2022
The deadline to franchise a player is Tuesday.
Joe has spoken to people at the combine and their comments are that it could be a smart, calculated but risky move by Bucs AC/DC general manager Jason Licht to let Davis test the market. People tell Joe that Davis’ agent is probably looking for top five money.
If Davis is allowed to test the market, maybe Davis can’t find a suitor for that award, then Licht can step in and sign Davis, saving Team Glazer nickels and pennies to maybe keep Ryan Jensen and/or or Chris Godwin.
Of course, it only takes one. So if there’s a team willing to write Davis a check, that’s all it takes.
As a former player staffer told Joe, “When you know the last time a team a year after winning the Super Bowl let their best corner walk who’s also 25, let me know. .”