June 18, 2024

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The Detroit Lions are at a crossroads this offseason, especially with their offensive line in flux. Jonah Jackson and Graham Glasgow, both key components of the line, are approaching free agency, and some (including myself), are projecting the Lions will let Jackson walk rather than pay him north of $10 million. Amid these developments, Pro Football Focus has pinpointed the Carolina Panthers and Tampa Bay Buccaneers as viable destinations for Jackson, spotlighting the high demand for skilled offensive linemen.

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The interest from the Carolina Panthers and Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Jonah Jackson reflects a keen understanding of the value a seasoned offensive lineman brings to a team. Brad Spielberger of Pro Football Focus elaborates on the fit, noting for the Panthers:

 

“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.”

 

Regarding the Buccaneers, Spielberger adds:

 

“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.”

 

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