Did the Giants Overpay for Adoree Jackson, the “Right Guy”?

NFL execs rip Giants’ Adoree’ Jackson deal: ‘Inexcusable’ and ‘ridiculous’

John Fennelly (Yahoo Sports)  —  The New York Giants went on an unexpected spending spree this offseason in hopes to improve their fortunes. They have lost 10 or more games four years running now and the club saw opportunities in free agency and pounced on them.

“It wasn’t necessarily the plan coming in. We knew we had some room to operate with, we knew we had some needs,” Giants co-owner John Mara told reporters last week. “We wanted to see who was going to be available. If the right opportunity presented itself, then we’ll spend the money. If not – the one thing we said at the beginning of the process is we’re not going to spend just for the sake of spending, it has to be the right opportunity, it has to be the right individual.

“I think in all the cases, they were the right individual, so it made it a much easier decision to give the okay to go ahead and spend the money. But I can’t say we came in expecting to spend $100 million or whatever the final figure was. I say it in every year, just make sure it’s the right guy, it’s the right individual, it’s the right fit, they’re healthy and that we can manage the cap situation going forward, and I think we’ll be able to do all those things.

Unfortunately, not everyone agrees with Mara’s actions. The Kenny Golladay signing was an expensive one (four years, $72 million with $40 million guaranteed) that was deemed mandatory. But the Adoree’ Jackson signing (three years, $39 million, $26.5 million guaranteed) was seen as an overreaching one.

Executives from around the NFL are panning the move. Mike Sando of The Athletic reports that the Jackson signing is being seen as ‘inexcusable,’ ‘questionable’ and ‘ridiculous.’

“The Adoree’ Jackson deal was inexcusable,” one executive said. “And then they went and jeopardized their future cap by converting guys to get all these deals done. The potential for disaster is high.”

“What they paid was ridiculous to me, but who they got wasn’t a problem,” that executive said. “They had trouble getting receivers to go there, so the Golladay deal is kind of what happens. I don’t know how they got Adoree’ Jackson to $13 million. Adoree’ is talented, but has been hurt a lot.”

True. After playing in all 32 games for the Tennessee Titans his first two seasons in the league, injuries have held Jackson to just 14 games over the past two years, hence the hesitancy for teams throw a suitcase of money at him in free agency. Last March, the Titans exercised Jackson’s fifth-year option, worth $10.244 million for 2021, but ended up cutting him this March.

That should have set Jackson’s market right there. Yes, there was reported interest from several other teams (the Rams, Chiefs, Raiders and Cardinals) which would drive up the price, but the deal is still seen as an unnecessary overpay by the Giants.

The Giants could have gotten more trigger-happy as free agency progressed, leading them to overpay for Jackson. It is uncertain how much interest those other teams and at what price.

“Going into free agency, the cap was lower and a lot of teams did not have much ammo,” said a third exec. “The longer you waited, the bigger the bargains were going to be. Adoree’ Jackson was late in the process. He should have been a bargain, and he wasn’t. That was questionable.”

Again, all true. The fact is, the Giants wanted Jackson badly and took the steps to get him. That was by offering him more money but by doing that, the signing went from an ‘under-the-radar,’ ‘low-risk, high-reward’ to just a high-risk one.

Time will tell if the Jackson deal was worth it but the Giants will simply settle for getting their money’s worth — and that would be if Jackson played up to his first-round pedigree. He hasn’t, yet.

Yahoo Sports

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TrojanRJJ
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TrojanRJJ (@trojanrjj)
April 6, 2021 9:37 am

Off topic, 2021 looks to be a sensational year for UCLA men’s football and basketball. Not so for SC (despite the optimism of this Board – I am still expecting 6-6 in football and men’s BB will lose a ton of talent, including its best player). UCLA football went 3-4 last year, and should have been 6-1. I expect that the UCLA football team will be better next year than last and SC will not be as good next year as last. UCLA BB might return the entire team and if so will probably be ranked in the top 5… Read more »

Terrific Tommy
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Terrific Tommy (@terrific-tommy)
April 6, 2021 11:08 am
Reply to  Allen Wallace

You don’t understand Allen — Cal Jr. is typically a Top 5 or Top 10 team in the preseason rankings — at least they are in their own minds and it states as such in the preseason rankings printed the Daily bRuin. 😍

TrojanRJJ
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TrojanRJJ (@trojanrjj)
April 6, 2021 1:20 pm
Reply to  Allen Wallace

Terrific Tommy got it! They were better than Oregon but managed to blow it; they were better than us last year but we pulled it out. They simply did not show up for the first half against Stanford. I totally agree that they earned their record for the last five years but they were better last year than their record. The BB team was the same – it was much better than its record. All I am saying it that, on paper, UCLA looks formidable in both football and men’s BB next year.

Chris
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Chris (@chris)
April 6, 2021 6:40 pm
Reply to  Allen Wallace

Their basketball team will be good. But no reason at all to think their football team will be. They stink and will continue to do so.

Chris
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Chris (@chris)
April 6, 2021 7:15 pm
Reply to  Allen Wallace

As you know I tend to drink the koolaid, but I really like what I’ve heard this spring. Sounds like it is much more physical. I think the coaches on D just won’t let up, that’s not their makeup. Hopefully Clay McGuire can make our line serviceable, just don’t underperform and I think we will be alright.

Chris
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Chris (@chris)
April 7, 2021 6:15 am
Reply to  Allen Wallace

How many coaches run out the term on their contracts? They almost always get renewed or let go. I just can’t see them letting the contract play out, but please please please don’t extend him. Can you imagine the fallout?

Jamaica
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Jamaica (@jamaica)
April 7, 2021 5:15 pm
Reply to  Allen Wallace

Playing in the PATHETIC-12 has lolled many to believe USC football is competitive having winning seasons. Winning against whom? Here we are comparing against UCLA in football? Really? The only true measurement of how good this program is lately is when it plays a Notre Dame type program outside the conference. Isn’t it remarkable how quickly the big names have disappeared from future non-conference schedules other than ND? USC always played one more top program in addition to the Irish. Too bad hacker CH can’t have his cake & eat it too eliminating the Irish and playing a unremarkable football… Read more »

Jamaica
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Jamaica (@jamaica)
April 8, 2021 6:02 pm
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At best I see this team going 8 & 4. The losses will be at 4-away games.

TrojanRJJ
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TrojanRJJ (@trojanrjj)
April 6, 2021 9:31 am

On topic, good for Adoree. He is now wealthy. What he does with it is up to him. Why does anyone really care with the Giants did with their money? For me, the critical point is the absolute nonsense of not providing kids like Adoree a solid education in finance and investing. The academics simply refuse to acknowledge the truth that kids like Adoree are going to be their most successful alumni and they need to prepare them for being wealthy. Not all the kids will make it to this level, but all could benefit from a solid education in… Read more »

TrojanRJJ
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TrojanRJJ (@trojanrjj)
April 6, 2021 1:22 pm
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We agree in large part. But I have found that you must both choose and know how to manage the professionals. For example, I do not manage my retirement accounts! My point is that these kids are totally unprepared for what they are now being given – if nothing else, they would have to hire an advisor to choose and manage advisors!

RialtoTrojan
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RialtoTrojan (@rialtotrojan)
April 6, 2021 9:27 am

Sam Darnold deal was the right thing at the right time. The way I see it the Jets really got nothing for a talented quarterback. I guess they expected miracles such as those engineered by Sam at USC, but miracles are hard to come by when you are running for your life or lying flat on your back. A pass of forty yards thrown straight up will come straight down. An average Joe Quarterback can do well when the blocking is there, but when the quarterback has passes dropped by receivers who don’t fight for the ball and is chased… Read more »

Jamaica
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Jamaica (@jamaica)
April 6, 2021 12:09 pm
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Hate to say it, Sam Darnold got all the experience he needed playing for CH his last year aka: running for his life or lying flat on his back. Sam had stars in his eyes like Mark Sanchez, playing in New York and hopefully become a media star and left early from a train wreck. It is really sad the administration is very willing to let an inept HC use players the way Helton does to buy his time until his contract is up. But yet, whose fault is it? There are always going to be recruits the good programs… Read more »

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Terrific Tommy
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April 6, 2021 7:48 am
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I still shake my head in disbelief seeing visions of Reggie Bush standing on the sidelines resting on 4th down — instead of at least being used as a decoy and letting White go for the first down. Damn it, that still hurts. 😥

rleeholder1
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rleeholder1 (@rleeholder1)
April 6, 2021 12:54 pm
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Pete doubled down with the call of a slant inside inside the 5 yard line against the Patriots in the Super Bowl instead of giving the ball to Marshawn Lynch, a.k.a., “Beastmode”. Even if the OC, Darrell Bevell, called the play, Pete had the power to overrule it and didn’t. I’ve always felt Pere knows a lot more about the Bush scandal than he leads people to believe. He’s very “hush hush” when a reporter brings the subject up. Got out of Dodge just in time, in my opinion.

LawyerJohn
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LawyerJohn (@lawyerjohn)
April 6, 2021 1:13 am

What is the big deal about Adoree getting $13-million a year to knock down a few passes? Sounds like a bargain. And Sam was a load of fun at SC, but he was never going to be a Brady or Rodgers, so give the guy a break. Oh, he got one by getting kicked out of New Yok, as the locals say, using their version of the English language. Had to figure Gonzaga was in trouble when they went up against real Bears after they could BAREly handle the Midget-Bears. The bettors were not fooled, most figuring a Bear could… Read more »

HOF19
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HOF19 (@hof19)
April 5, 2021 3:34 pm

Does todays news make me root for the Carolina Panthers a tiny little bit ? ……..Maybe ……..The Jets fan forum board is downright GIDDY right now .

Terrific Tommy
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Terrific Tommy (@terrific-tommy)
April 5, 2021 4:38 pm
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The Jets are just as cursed as the LA Clippers. I’m glad that Darnold has been freed from Purgatory. 🤓

HOF19
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HOF19 (@hof19)
April 5, 2021 5:10 pm
Reply to  Allen Wallace

Per local Media…… Zach Wilson

HOF19
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HOF19 (@hof19)
April 5, 2021 5:54 pm
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Have not investigated the draft QB that much yet.

Chris
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Chris (@chris)
April 5, 2021 3:13 pm
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I’m glad for him. He does need to play better, but leaving the Jets is a good move for him. McCaffrey will be a great compliment. Hopefully Carolina can block a little.

Steveg
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Steveg (@steveg)
April 5, 2021 6:31 pm
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I wonder if Sam would know how to act if he had a line that could block for him. He hasn’t had one since high school.