Colts sign free agent linebacker D’Qwell Jackson

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (WLFI) – The Indianapolis Colts have agreed to terms with free agent linebacker D’Qwell Jackson.

“We are pleased to announce the signing of inside linebacker D’Qwell Jackson,” said General Manager Ryan 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. 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.”

Jackson, 6-0, 240 pounds, started 96-of-97 games over the past eight seasons with the Cleveland Browns since being selected by the team in the second round (34th overall) of the 2006 NFL Draft out of the University of Maryland. He holds career totals of 891 tackles (566 solo), 11.5 sacks, 28 passes defensed, eight interceptions, including one returned for a touchdown, seven fumble recoveries and five forced fumbles. Jackson has posted six 100-tackle seasons, while leading the team on five occasions (2007-08, 2011-13).

In 2013, Jackson started all 16 games and played in 1,149-of-1,150 (99.9%) defensive snaps. He ended the year with a streak of 48 consecutive starts, dating back to the 2011 campaign. For the season, he tallied a team-high 143 tackles (92 solo), 1.5 sacks, seven passes defensed, one interception, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery. He also topped the 10-tackle mark in seven games.

In 2012, Jackson earned the Browns Dino Lucarelli Good Guy Award and was named AFC Defensive Player of the Week for Week 12. In 2011, he was honored as the Browns recipient of the Ed Block Courage Award and garnered AFC Defensive Player of the Month accolades for September. Jackson registered career highs of 191 tackles and three interceptions in 2008 while starting in all 16 games.

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