The Indianapolis Colts have kicked off the free agent spending period early by inking recently-released linebacker D'Qwell Jackson to a 4-year, $22 million deal with $11 million guaranteed.
Colts general manager Ryan Grigson had this to say about the signing, via Mike Chappell:
#colts GM Ryan Grigson on adding LB D'Qwell Jackson: "He is a team-first guy that has been a very consistent producer on the field ...— Mike Chappell (@mchappell51) March 6, 2014
More Grigson: "...The tempo, energy and determination he plays with are right up there with the best in this league. He brings a welcomed...— Mike Chappell (@mchappell51) March 6, 2014
More Grigson: "...element of experience and natural leadership to our team.'— Mike Chappell (@mchappell51) March 6, 2014
Jackson had also visited the Broncos, Titans, and Dolphins before deciding to sign with the Colts. In Jackson's seven years with the Browns, he had 527 solo tackles, 11.5 sacks, and 8 interceptions.
The Colts were able to sign him because the Browns had released Jackson prior to the start of the new league year.