It looks like defensive back Marlin Jackson isn't making that trip up the New Jersey Turnpike after all.
The Eagles have announced that they have agreed to terms on a two-year deal with Jackson.
Jackson met with the media prior to the announcement of the contract. At the time, he said that he would be visiting the New York Jets later today. Obviously, that didn't happen. Why? Well, one of the reasons is because he said that he wanted to play for a winning organization and he knows this is one in Philadelphia.
"They've won each and every year. Andy Reid has done a great job. You look at the roster, they have a top quarterback in the league, they have a great offensive line, they have weapons on offense, they generate great pass rush, they have defensive backs already here," Jackson said. "They have all the pieces that are already needed to win a championship."
A versatile athlete who has seen action at both cornerback and safety in his five-year career, Jackson (6-0, 196) was originally a first round draft choice (29th overall) of the Indianapolis Colts in 2005. He appeared in the first four games for the Colts in 2009 and notched one interception, but missed the rest of the season with a knee injury.
Jackson said that he's ahead of schedule in his rehab and will be full-go by the time training camp arrives.
"I would be capable of doing what is needed to as a football player by mid-May, June," he said. "By training camp, wherever I am, I'll be ready to go full go."
Jackson added that during his discussions with the Eagles they would look at him at both cornerback and safety.
"Whenever I've played and been on the field, I've played well," Jackson said.
The 26-year-old Jackson has played in 56 career games (32 starts), posting 306 tackles and four interceptions. His best season came in 2007 when he started at cornerback in all 16 games and was part of the NFL's 2nd-ranked pass defense that allowed only 172.8 yards per game. That year he set a career high with 112 tackles, which ranked fourth on the team. Jackson has also appeared in six playoff games (two starts) and intercepted Patriots QB Tom Brady with 24 seconds remaining in the 2006 AFC Championship game, sending the Colts to the Super Bowl.
A teammate of WR Jason Avant at the University of Michigan, Jackson was a four-year starter and earned All-America honors as a senior. He finished his college career with 195 tackles, nine interceptions, five forced fumbles, two sacks and two blocked kicks.
The Sharon, PA, native attended Sharon High School, where he earned All-America accolades and was named the Pennsylvania player of the year as a senior. He finished his high school career with 281 tackles and 18 interceptions, including four returned for touchdowns.
The Colts recipient of the Ed Block Courage Award in 2009, Jackson also spends time off the field with his Fight for Life Foundation which he established in 2007 to help inner-city youth make positive life-forming decisions.
UPDATE: Fox Sports' Adam Schein and ESPN's Adam Schefter both report via Twitter that Jackson is going to play free safety.
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*-- Posted by Chris McPherson, 2:30 p.m., March 10