Two seasons after the departure of Peyton Manning, the Indianapolis Colts look stronger than they have in years. Andrew Luck has led the Colts to the playoffs twice, winning their first this past season. Owner Jim Irsay, GM Ryan Grigson and Coach Chuck Pagano have worked well together to bring their team back among the elite. Already in the off-season, the determined Colts executives have made major moves to further solidify their team. The Colts signed free agent linebacker D'Qwell Jackson on Thursday to add strength and speed to their defense.
Jackson was drafted in the second round by the Cleveland Browns in 2006. Since then he has become a proven defensive threat, starting 96 of his 97 career games. During his time in Cleveland, Jackson has placed 891 tackles on the books.
"We are pleased to announce the signing of inside linebacker D’Qwell Jackson," said Grigson. "He is a team-first guy that has been a very consistent producer on the field. The tempo, energy and determination he plays with are right up there with the best in this league."
Jackson fits the mold in Indianapolis through both his character and his skill. It is no secret the Colts' defense had some holes to fill going into the off-season. Jackson is a veteran who will provided leadership and share his expertise with the youth mostly comprises the Indianapolis team.
"He brings a welcomed element of experience and natural leadership to our team and we are excited to add him to the strong nucleus of linebackers we currently have on our roster" Grigson said of Jackson.
Jackson has accumulated 567 solo tackles, 11.5 sacks and 8 interceptions so far in his career. The talented linebacker has also forced 5 and recovered 7 fumbles.
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