Colts release LB D’Qwell Jackson

By Jesse Reed
Jan 18, 2015; Foxborough, MA, USA; Indianapolis Colts line backer D’Qwell Jackson (52) looks up at the stadium after the game against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium. The New England Patriots won 55-7. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports

The Indianapolis Colts have released linebacker D’Qwell Jackson in a cost-cutting move heading into the new league year next month.

“D’Qwell is a consummate professional,” said Head Coach Chuck Pagano in a team statement. “The way he approaches the game is second to none. His leadership and mentorship provided a valuable example for the younger players on this team. We are grateful for all of his contributions to the organization and wish him the best.”

Jackson spent three years in Indianapolis after signing a four-year contract as a free agent in 2014. He was due to count $5.75 million against the cap this year, and the move to cut him saves the Colts $5.5 million.

Originally selected in the second round of the 2006 NFL Draft by the Cleveland Browns, Jackson, now 33, has started 140 career games in his 10-year career. Last year, he appeared and started in 12 games, thanks to a suspension due to PEDs, tallying 78 total tackles and two fumble recoveries.

Though he might still have some value for a team in need of depth and experience at inside linebacker, Jackson’s best days are clearly behind him, as is any real hope of landing one more big contract before he retires.