Commanders News: Jason Wright, Sam Howell, William Jackson III and Al Michaels
By Dean Jones
Former Commanders CB generating interest
Things haven't gone according to plan for William Jackson III over the last couple of seasons. The Washington Commanders traded the cornerback to the Pittsburgh Steelers just before the deadline in 2022, but another injury complication meant he never got to play a competitive down for Mike Tomlin.
Jackson is looking for alternative employment this offseason and has reportedly received interest from elsewhere. When asked about his health status by Aaron Wilson of Click2Houston via Pro Football Talk, the veteran seemed intent on proving his doubters wrong when the time comes.
"I’m great. Just a minor setback for a major comeback. Everybody goes through injuries. Just feeling great, I’m 100 percent, feeling back to full speed and ready to show everybody what I can do. . . . There’s no rush. I want to come in and give 100 percent of me. I don’t want to half-step. I’m feeling good. I’m feeling 100 percent. I’m excited. I’m just waiting on the right opportunity."- William Jackson III via PFT
If Jackson is healthy - which is a big if given his current career trajectory - then there's no doubt he'd be an asset for somebody. But it might be worth waiting around until training camp to see which opportunity represents the best possible fit in terms of immediate reps on defense.
The Commanders have moved on after acquiring Emmanuel Forbes Jr., Quan Martin, and Cameron Dantzler Sr. to strengthen their cornerback room this offseason. Something that should significantly improve the team's fortunes in 2023.