It appears that free agent Grady Jackson will become a member of the Jacksonville Jaguars sometime today. The 11-year vet who was released shockingly by the Falcons last week, arrived in Jacksonville on Monday night and it’s being reported that he’s expected to sign with the Jags today. The nose tackle had started 22 of 23 games with the Falcons after signing with the team back in 2006.
The Jags would be stacked if they can grab Jackson. Their D-line already features standouts Marcus Stroud and John Henderson. While the team has yet to play up to the potential they normally do (ranked 15th in the league in total defense), with the addition of Jackson they might just be able to start taking the next step to being the defense they are accustomed to go along with their solid running game with Maurice Jones-Drew and Fred Taylor.
Jackson, 35, was under contract through 2009, at base salaries of $1 million each year, and with roster bonuses of $2 million in the spring of 2008 and 2009. When the Falcons, who are 1-6, let him go last week they claimed it was a “football move,” but it upset the locker room a ton and now is being regarded as a move that was to send a message to the vets that were not playing as hard as coach Bobby Petrino wanted them to.
In 146 career games, Jackson has 440 tackles, 33½ sacks, eight forced fumbles, six fumble recoveries and 26 pass deflections. He has played with four NFL teams to date, the Raiders (1997-2001), Saints (2002-2003), Packers (2004-2005) and Falcons (2006-07).