Eddie Jackson getting paid – a fly in the ointment Dan Leberfeld

Jamal Adams is skipping the Jets’ virtual off-season program because he is looking for a new contract.

One factor that is likely sticking in his craw is a fellow safety from his 2017 rookie class got a lucrative second contract – Chicago’s Eddie Jackson.

Jackson is also a two-time Pro Bowler like Adams.

On January 3, the University of Alabama-product got a 5-year deal for $58.4 million with $33 million guaranteed.

Jackson wasn’t a first-round pick, having been selected in the fourth-round, and was entering the final year of his contract in 2020. Adams is essentially under contract for two more years since the Jets picked up his fifth-year option for 2021. Fourth-round contracts don’t have fifth-year options.

Also, Jackson made a total of $3.06 million in his rookie deal.  Adams got $22.3 guaranteed at signing. So Jackson made about $20 million less on his first deal than Adams.

But no matter how you slice it, Adams can’t be thrilled that Jackson got a big second contract and he’s still waiting.

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