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Eddie Jackson was a fourth-round pick in the 2017 draft; now he’s the NFL’s highest-paid safety.

NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport broke the news on Friday that the Bears and their talented young safety had agreed on a four-year, $58.4 million extension.

Jackson’s $14.6 million per season puts him ahead of the league’s previous highest-paid safety, Kevin Byard, who signed an extension with the Titans last summer that pays him $14.1 million per season.

The Alabama product rose to stardom his second year in the league by scoring three defensive touchdowns. He also logged six interceptions, 15 pass break-ups and two forced fumbles as part of a breakout season that earned him first-team All-Pro honors.

This season, turnovers were harder to come by for Jackson, but his play on the field was still impressive. According to PFF, he ranks ninth in overall grade at his position since entering the league.

Defense has been Chicago’s biggest strength the past couple of seasons, and it’s clear the Bears want that to continue by locking up Jackson. Next up on the agenda is fixing an offense the ranked near the bottom in total yards and points per game this season.

This article first appeared on The Sports Daily and was syndicated with permission.

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