D’Qwell Jackson signs with Indianapolis Colts

30-year-old inside linebacker D’Qwell Jackson signed with the Indianapolis Colts today. The deal is a 4 year, $22 million contract with $11 million being guaranteed.

There is no official word on the details of the contract yet, but it is most likely front loaded. It is $5.5 million per year and the guaranteed money is $11, meaning, the first 2 years will pay off the guaranteed money.

Essentially, it’s a 2 year contract with the ability to cut ties on the back end of it. At least, that is the most likely scenario.

It’s not a bad deal for a player that has been a consistent starter for the Cleveland Browns the past few years. Though, his play has declined, he is certainly an upgrade over an oft-injured Pat Angerer.

And apparently, the Colts weren’t even the team to dish out the largest amount of dough. According to reports, other teams were offering Jackson more money, but he wanted to play for the Colts and head coach Chuck Pagano.

Although, there may have been better upgrades available in free agency, namely Karlos Dansby and Daryl Smith, Jackson is a solid veteran presence to have in the locker room, along with being a steady player.

He should also be a competent mentor for the young core of inside linebackers the Colts have assembled in Jerrell Freeman, Josh McNary, Henoc Muamba and Justin Hickman.

In 2013 Jackson had a combined 141 tackles, 1.5 sacks, 1 forced fumble, and 1 interception.

What are your thoughts on the signing, Good? Bad? Undecided? Let me know in the comments section. Go Colts!

Jackson makes a play against the Bengals in 2011 (skip to 0:30):