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The Birds Reel In a Marlin: Marlin Jackson That Is!

CHARLOTTE, NC - AUGUST 09: Marlin Jackson #28 of the Indianapolis Colts reacts on the field during the game against the Carolina Panthers at Bank of America Stadium on August, 9, 2008 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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Jack DunleavyCorrespondent IMarch 10, 2010

One day after picking up the option on controversial QB Mike Vick, the Birds reel in free agent defensive back Marlin Jackson, according to the Associated Press.

Jackson is coming off of season-ending knee injuries the last two consecutive years. He missed the second half of 2008 with a torn ACL in his right knee and returned in 2009 before tearing the ACL in his left knee at a November practice in Indianapolis.

Jackson was a 2005 first-round draft pick by the Colts. He has 306 tackles and four picks in 56 career games with the Colts. He can play elusively on the defensive side of the ball, playing at cornerback and safety.

The Eagles swooped down on Jackson quickly once he visited. Some other teams that he visited, such as the Ravens, wanted to see how Jackson recovered from the bum knee season-enders before making a serious offer.

"We were just feeling each other out and getting a sense of what I’m looking for and what they’re looking for," Jackson told the Ravens. "They wanted to wait a little bit and see me move with the fact that I’m coming off an ACL. I need to move a little bit more before going further.”

I think personally Jackson will contribute to the Eagles in good ways. A big contribution he can make is to improve the lacking saftey position. He would probably be competing with Sean Jones for the position, as Quinten Demps is a lock and Macho Harris, I personally think, isn't ready to start. He started last year but lacked improvement and production on the defense. He could also share some time with the cornerbacks and play on the corners. The Eagles are pretty stacked at cornerback with Asante Samuels being a lock and Ellis Hobbs will get a substantial amount of playing time along with sharing the punt and kick return positions with DeSean Jackson. The Birds also carry Joselio Hanson and Sheldon Brown along with others who are good contributers.

Where will he fit in? Was he a good choice for the Birds? Should they have drafted a saftey instead of sign him? What do you think?

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