Free-agent defensive back William Jackson III, the Bengals' first-round pick in the 2016 NFL Draft who spent his first four National Football League seasons in Cincinnati, reached agreement with the Washington Football Team on a three-year, $42 million deal, according to a report Tuesday night from ESPN's Adam Schefter.
The signing - as of right now - would give the Bengals a fourth-round compensatory pick in 2022.
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Jackson played in 59 games over his four seasons with the Bengals, with three interceptions, 41 passes defended and a pick-six in his first season of action after missing his rookie season with a torn pectoral muscle.
The Enquirer's Tyler Dragon reported earlier that there was no chance the Bengals would re-sign Jackson after signing former Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Mike Hilton and former Dallas Cowboys cornerback Chidobe Awuzie.
The Enquirer's Paul Daugherty wrote Tuesday that Jackson is arguably the best cornerback on the market, while Awuzie was a starter in Dallas but no one’s idea of a top defender.
Multiple NFL teams reportedly inquired about Jackson before the 2019 trade deadline.
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