The Philadelphia Eagles announced Wednesday that they've agreed to terms on a two-year contract with 26-year-old cornerback/safety Marlin Jackson. The terms of the deal were not immediately available.
Jackson, a former starter with the Colts, has missed much of the past two seasons with serious knee injuries. He played cornerback for Indianapolis, but he'll likely compete for the starting free safety spot with the Eagles opposite Quintin Mikell. The Eagles were held hostage by that position in '09. If Jackson can make a full recovery, he has the speed and instincts to cover Pro Bowl tight ends Jason Witten and Chris Cooley.
It's obviously a risk on the Eagles' part, which means there's probably not a lot of guaranteed money involved. Jackson will talk to the media via conference call later this afternoon. Here's the quote he gave local writers before his signing was announced today:
"It’s been a great visit and I think there’s a mutual interest here," said Jackson. "They feel that I’m capable of playing corner, safety, nickel and kind of want to see where things shake out and where the biggest need is at and, if I come here, where I will play."
More importantly, Jackson made it clear that his rehabilitation from a torn anterior cruciate ligament is going really well and that he's already able to sprint. Much like the Redskins' signing of Maake Kemoeatu, this won't be a big financial risk. And if Jackson can make a full comeback, it will end up being a smart decision. Of course, that's a big "if" for a player who's torn both ACLs over the past two seasons.