5 potential free agency landing spots for Lions guard Jonah Jackson

If he gets to the open market and leaves in free agency, here are five potential landing spots for Lions' guard Jonah Jackson.

/ Junfu Han / USA TODAY NETWORK
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4. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Pro Football Focus' Brad Spielberger offered up two possible landing spots for Jackson, and the Buccaneers do make a lot of sense.

"The Buccaneers could add a nasty second-level run blocker alongside maybe the best pass protector in the NFL in Tristan Wirfs, who has already adjusted nicely to the blindside after moving across the line ahead of the 2023 season."

Tampa Bay is very likely to be seeking a new starter at left guard to fortify that side of their offensive line. The question is if they'll be able to compete in the market for someone like Jackson after taking care of some internal free agent business. Otherwise, they'd be higher on this list.

3. Carolina Panthers

Spielberger also had the Panthers as a possible landing spot for Jackson.

"Injuries have ravaged Carolina's guards over the past few years — particularly at left guard this past season — but they nonetheless earned the worst grade at the position in the NFL in 2023 (37.6). New general manager Dan Morgan said at his introductory press conference that he wanted “dogs” on this reshaped roster, and Jonah Jackson could be the tone-setting mauler at left guard who fits the bill."

The Panthers also don't have a ton of money to spend, and there doesn't seem to be an easy path to cuts that would create a lot more cap space. But if Jackson finds a tepid market for his services coming off a down, injury-impacted season, maybe he ends up considering a one-year "prove-it"-type deal in a place like Carolina to re-establish his stock.