Indianapolis, IN, United States (4E Sports) – Veteran linebacker D’Qwell Jackson and the Indianapolis Colts agreed to a four-year deal Thursday for $22 million, with $11 million guaranteed.
“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,” said Colts general manager Ryan Grigson about Jackson.
Colts owner Jim Irsay and the team’s Twitter account also welcomed Jackson in separate tweets Thursday morning.
The Cleveland Browns cut ties with Jackson on Feb. 26. He made visits to several teams in the days after he was released.
In joining the Colts, Jackson is reunited with former Browns coach Rob Chudzinski, who was hired by Indianapolis to assist coach Chuck Pagano after being fired by Cleveland after just one season at the helm.
The 30-year-old Jackson has made 96 starts in eight seasons. He led the Browns with 139 tackles in 2013 and has 418 since 2011, fourth most of any player in that span.