If Stephen Gilmore’s contract dispute doesn’t settle, the Patriots will need the No. 1 cornerback.
Jesse Jackson, speaking with Mike Giardi of NFL Network, admits he’s the man for the job.
Asked if he was a legitimate top corner, Jackson didn’t hesitate.
“Of course I am,” said Jackson. “I’ll never settle for less. I’ll never say I’m No. 2, No. 3. I’m No. 1.
That doesn’t mean that Jackson won’t like playing with Gilmore for another year or more. Jackson has great respect for his partner, and he has already learned a lot from him.
“I mean, he was very helpful to me because even, especially in the meeting room, watching a movie, I mean I would sit right next to him and try to copy his notes. I am,” Jackson told Giardi. “That’s so crazy. How much do I see him.”
While Jackson struggled a bit last year bypassing Gilmore, his numbers are still impressive, with 14 interceptions over the past two seasons.
Last year he had nine picks, second only to Miami’s Xavian Howard.
Jackson expects to earn $3.38 million this season after signing the tender the team offered him this off-season. He tells Giardi that he knows big money is coming down the street.
“I didn’t get any extension. So what? Who cares? I know it is coming,” he said. “I just love sports, man. The money’s gonna come. I just love playing football.”