The Buffalo Bills have issued an original-round tender to restricted free-agent cornerback Dane Jackson, as confirmed in the series of tweets below by The Athletic Bills beat reporter Joe Buscaglia.
March 15, 4:45 p.m. EST
The Bills officially tendered restricted free agent and CB Dane Jackson with the original round designation, per the NFL's free agency memo. Should Jackson sign a contract elsewhere and the Bills decline to match, they would be owed a 7th round pick.— Joe Buscaglia (@JoeBuscaglia) March 15, 2023
If Jackson signs the one-year tender with the Bills, he'd be owed a one-year salary of $2.743 million.— Joe Buscaglia (@JoeBuscaglia) March 15, 2023
March 14, 7 p.m. EST: News of the move happening first broke Monday evening, per a tweet by ESPN senior NFL reporter Jeremy Fowler citing “sources.” His report also noted the team was likely to assign an original-round tender of $2.7 million to Jackson.,
The #Bills plan to tender restricted free agent corner Dane Jackson, per sources. Jackson was highly productive with 57 tackles, 12 pass deflections and two interceptions as a starter in 2022.— Jeremy Fowler (@JFowlerESPN) March 14, 2023
Likely an original round tender at $2.7M.
Jackson, who turned 26 last November, was drafted in the seventh round of the 2020 NFL Draft by the Bills.
In his three-year NFL career, Jackson has proven to be a valuable and capable backup corner for head coach Sean McDermott and defensive coordinator/assistant head coach Leslie Frazier’s defense. For his career, Jackson has appeared in 37 games (22 starts), made 113 tackles, 2 tackles for loss, 23 pass deflections, 3 interceptions, 1 forced fumble, and 1 fumble recovery,
With a productive 2022 resume to his name over 14 starts, it’s clear the Buffalo Bills value Dane Jackson’s skill set and his contributions as reserve defensive back. By applying the original-round tender to his restricted free-agent status, One Bills Drive can has retained a capable cornerback for the 2023 season.