And the first domino falls …

While the Denver Broncos would have liked to have Malik Jackson back, it looks as if he’ll be following in the footsteps of Julius Thomas and Zane Beadles, as he’ll be taking his talents to Jacksonville.

According to Mike Klis of KUSA, the deal will make Jackson the fourth highest-paid defensive lineman in the NFL; Adam Schefter reports that the deal will clock in right around $15 million, just as our own Eric Goodman reported last month.

The deal will be made official once free agency begins tomorrow, but this means that John Elway and the Broncos may have to start looking outside of their locker room for talent. As we detailed last week, there are several free agent defensive linemen who could make sense in Denver if the Broncos are willing to spend the money.

According to Spotrac, the Denver Broncos have an estimated $13.7 million in cap space. It’ll be interesting to see how they use it.

One things for sure, though, even Jackson’s teammates and ex-teamates can’t blame him for taking the money.