As many of you have heard by now, Marlin Jackson is done for the year with a torn left ACL. This is a great guy who has been a positive part of the team, involved in charities and the such. He's also one of the guys who made major contributions to the Colts SB win. He's also probably just played his last snaps as a player for the Colts too.
However, I think the Colts just hit the lottery with his injury. Many of us have speculated who the Colts would re-sign come the offseason. As we know, there is Melvin Bullitt, Antoine Bethea, and Marlin Jackson, as well as a few others. Most have said let's worry about re-signing Bullitt and Jackson, letting Bethea go.
I've always felt that would be a stupid part on our part and I think the Colts just lucked out in not having to make that choice. With Jackson going down with a 2nd ACL injury in as many seasons, the Colts cannot afford to dump the money he would have commanded in free agency into him. A guy with two bad knees playing corner is not exactly someone I want getting 50 million dollars. Especially with the money the Colts already dropped on both Hayden and Sanders.
We were very fortunate to pick up two very, very good defensive backs in Powers and Lacey super cheap. These guys are signed for a few years at a much cheaper rate than Jackson would be. They have played VERY well thus far in the NFL for being rookies, and this comes amid having the entire defense have to adjust to a slightly different style. Imagine these guys coming in next year with a full grasp on the defense?
I got nothing but love for Jackson, but the reality here is simple: His knees have done him in as a CB for the Colts. He could possibly be brought back in to fill a role as Jennings does, but I seriously doubt he will play for us again.