Linebacker D'Qwell Jackson, cut by Cleveland, lands with the Colts

Linebacker D'Qwell Jackson, cut by Cleveland, lands with the Colts

We all got a chance to see the Colts' defensive deficiencies in the playoffs. With each big play Alex Smith made in the first round or every time LeGarrette Blount sliced through their defense untouched in the second round, it was painfully obvious Indianapolis had to improve on that side.

The Colts got a jump on that, signing a new inside linebacker a little less than a week before free agency starts.

Indianapolis signed D'Qwell Jackson, who averaged 139 tackles the past three years. Jackson was cut by the Browns last week, and therefore was free to sign with another team right away.'s Jason La Canfora said Jackson got a four-year, $22 million deal with $11 million guaranteed. That seems to be overpaying by quite a bit, but Jackson fills a significant need, especially with oft-injured linebacker Pat Angerer hitting free agency. The Colts were 26th against the run last year, and it shouldn't be so easy for running backs like Blount to get to the secondary with Jackson in the middle now.

But the Colts have needs on all three levels of their defense and need to address them this offseason. There's less money available now that Jackson has gotten a significant chunk, but at least the Colts head into free agency with one fewer thing to worry about.

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