Jalen Thompson is a safety for the National Football League’s Arizona Cardinals, and was born on July 18, 1998. (NFL). He played football for Washington State University.
Thompson was raised in Downey, California, after being born in Paramount, California. When he was a sophomore at La Serna High School, where the Lancers later won the 2013 CIF Southern Section championship, he was chosen honourable mention All-San Gabriel Valley League.
After his sophomore year, he transferred to Downey High School, where he played cornerback and wide receiver and was selected All-CIF and All-San Gabriel Valley League in his junior and senior years.
Thompson joined the 2019 NFL Supplemental Draft after being found ineligible for his final season at Washington State. He was the lone player chosen, and the Arizona Cardinals took him in the fifth round of the supplemental draft. On July 17, 2019, he committed to the Cardinals for a period of four years.
On September 8, 2019, against the Detroit Lions, Thompson made his NFL debut, participating in seven special teams snaps. On October 6, 2019, he got his first career start against the Cincinnati Bengals, finishing with eight tackles in a 26-23 victory.
On November 17, 2019, quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo of the San Francisco 49ers threw a pass that Thompson intercepted in the fourth quarter of a 36-26 defeat. He started nine of the Cardinals’ final 12 games and finished his rookie season with 57 tackles, three passes defended, and an interception in 15 games played.
Jalen Thompson signed a new contract with the Arizona Cardinals, keeping him with the team through 2025. The former 2019 supplemental draft pick in the fifth round receives a hefty payday.
According to the initial calculations, the agreement is around $40 million in value and includes $24.5 million in guaranteed funds. Jalen’s salary is $4.3M in 2024 guaranteed for injury. 2025 Roster Bonus: $2M. Per Game Active Bonus: $10,000 ($170,000)
Height And Weight
His weight is 86kg while his height is 1.8 m.
Position, Jersey Number
He is a defensive lineman for Arizona Cardinals and wears jersey number 95.
As a sophomore, Thompson led the Cougars with 73 tackles, including 5.5 for loss, two pass breakups, four interceptions (tied for third in the Pac-12), and led the conference with three fumble recoveries.
He was also named to the Associated Press’ first team all-conference and second team all-Pac-12 Conference teams. Thompson, who was on the Chuck Bednarik Award shortlist before into his junior season, was fourth on the team in tackles with 67, finished with two interceptions, eight passes broken up, and was awarded honourable mention all-conference.
Going into his senior year, Thompson reportedly broke NCAA rules by buying an over-the-counter substance that is prohibited by the NCAA. As a result, he forfeited his final season of eligibility. During his time at Washington State, Thompson started all 39 of the team’s games and finished with 191 tackles, six interceptions, and 17 passes broken.
Thompson joined the 2019 NFL Supplemental Draft after being found ineligible for his final season at Washington State. He was the sole player chosen and was chosen by the Arizona Cardinals in the fifth round of the supplemental draft. On July 17, 2019, he committed to the Cardinals for a period of four years.