The New England Patriots signed free agent cornerback Eddie Jackson (Miami) today. Terms of the deal were not announced.
The 6-foot, 200-pound defender was joined the Carolina Panthers as an undrafted rookie free agent out in 2004. After his rookie season in Carolina, the Miami Dolphins acquired Jackson off waivers. He spent the past two seasons in Miami as a reserve defender and special teams contributor. He inured his leg and finished the the 2006 season on injured reserve.
In his three seasons, Jackson has appeared in 39 games. He has recorded 38 career regular season tackles, a pair of fumble recoveries and 4 passes defensed.
|Cornerback Eddie Jackson #20 of the Miami Dolphins knocks down a pass over the back of tight end George Wrightster #87 of the Jacksonville Jaguars at Dolphin Stadium on August 12, 2006 in Miami, Florida. The Jaguars defeated the Dolphins 31-26. (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)|
Instant Analysis: The signing of Jackson is a low risk move to bring another player who has versatility in during the team's offseason program. If Jackson, who was a reserve defensive back and special teams player with the Dolphins, can prove he's physically able to compete, he may be this year's Hank Poteat or Ray Mickens.
A former track athlete at Arkansas, Jackson adds depth to the Patriots secondary, a unit which has sustained a significant amount of injuries the past two seasons. When he came out of college, Jackson was said to possess outstanding speed, something teams covet in their defensive backs. Although he wasn't drafted, he showed enough potential to make the final roster in Carolina, playing in 10 games as a rookie. He followed that up with 15 his sophomore season in Miami.