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Colts Sign ILB D’Qwell Jackson

Colts owner Jim Irsay announced that Indianapolis has signed recently released former Browns inside linebacker D’Qwell Jackson (6-0, 240, 30 yrs. old).

 

(Update): According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the contract is for 4 years and $21 million with $11 million guaranteed.  Jackson will turn 31 on September 26th, which may raise some concerns over the length of his deal. 

The Cleveland Browns let the 8-year veteran go on February 26th, and the speculation about his joining the Colts began almost immediately.  Jackson played all 16 games for the woeful Browns and totaled 141 tackles, 7 passes defensed, 1.5 sacks, and a force fumble last year.  (Update: According to his agent, Jackson asked for his release rather than stay and play for yet another new regime.  In his 8 seasons, he'd played for 7 defensive coordinators – going on the 8th.)

His Pro Football Focus numbers are less impressive: -11.6 overall grade, -0.6 in coverage, -11.3 in run defense, ranking him 42nd among 3-4 inside linebackers, just a few spots below Pat Angerer (36th).  For reference, Jerrell Freeman was 17th with a -0.3 overall score (before the playoffs). 

Many believe Jackson was trying to do too much in Cleveland, much as Freeman has had to do in Indianapolis, and hope that the two of them together will be a solid combination. 

ESPN’s Mike Wells also found a more positive take on Jackson on Tuesday:

I caught up with ESPN.com NFL scout Matt Williamson to talk about Jackson.

“He is better than anyone (the Colts) have now at inside linebacker for sure,” Williamson said. “I like Jackson, but also think he is a bit overrated. A good quality player that racks up numbers, but needs to be protected and doesn't excel in one particular area. He has played in both a 3-4 and 4-3, never has to come off the field and is considered a strong leader.”

Jackson likely will be competing with Josh McNary and former CFL star Henoc Muamba for playing time alongside Freeman.  Time will tell whether it’s a good signing, but his durability and traditional stats are encouraging. 

Marcus Dugan

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