2. Adoree' Jackson
This one's a little more welcome. Adoree Jackson took home $13 million in 2023, and moments in which it felt like he deserved that money were few and far between.
Jackson gave up a whopping 65.9% completion percentage when targeted in coverage (58 catches allowed on 88 targets), which was a massive jump from marks of 52.1% and 51.7% in his first two years with the Giants. Opposing quarterbacks had a 95.5 passer rating when throwing at Jackson, which is a mark that would have ranked No. 11 among all QBs for the full year.
He did consistently make his presence felt in the run game and in making stops after catches, notching 63 tackles on the year, but that was more a volume game than anything. He also had 9 missed tackles, and that 12.5% missed tackle rate was the second-highest of his six-year career.
Jackson looked like he was going to be a long-term piece in the Giants secondary when he first arrived in New York back in 2021, but at this point I think the ship has sailed. His brutal 48.6 overall grade from Pro Football Focus (PFF) in 2023 ranked 117th among 127 qualifying cornerbacks.
Jackson's name and track record are enough that he'll find someone to roll the dice on his potential with a big contract, but the Giants aren't in that "hitting on one big free agent can put this team over the top" conversation, so they're best served letting him walk.