Eagles think they got bargain in Jackson

Posted March 13, 2010 @ 12:55 p.m.
Posted By Eric Edholm

The Eagles' trouble at free safety caused more problems than the team expected last season, but the signing of former Colts CB Marlin Jackson could be the answer. Although Jackson has chronically bad knees and was not tendered a contract by the Colts, the Eagles feel Jackson is a downhill player who will fit well in their system and make the adjustment fine to the new position. Actually, it's not totally new; Jackson has played safety in college and in a few games in the pros, so he should be mostly comfortable. "When we watched him on tape, we saw that he had a lot of the traits we look for in a free safety in our defense," Eagles GM Howie Roseman said. "He's instinctive, he's tough, he's quick, and he played a little bit there in Indianapolis. ... We thought it was an easy transition for him." Jackson will compete with Macho Harris and Quintin Demps for the starting job but should win it if he's healthy. Harris could move to cornerback or be more of a fixture in the nickel defense.


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