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The New England Patriots are not expected to use the franchise tag on cornerback J.C. Jackson, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network:

The decision will allow Jackson to become an unrestricted free agent this offseason.

The 26-year-old was named second-team All-Pro in 2021 and earned his first Pro Bowl selection after totaling eight interceptions and a league-high 23 passes defended.

Last season was far from a fluke for Jackson, who was voted by NFL personnel as a top-10 cornerback entering the season, even when overshadowed by Stephon Gilmore. The undrafted player had nine interceptions in 2020 and has 25 picks in his four-year career, enough to rank 15th among all active players. 

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