Apparently, the Steelers have bit the buckle and are willing to give Jackson a deal near the range of FS Cory Hall's 5 year $12.25 million deal with the Atlanta Falcons.
The Steelers, matched in a bidding war with Arizona, offered Jackson a deal in the range of $2.4 per year, exactly what the Cardinals first offered the former Tampa Bay safety.
The signing of Jackson ends a search for a replacement to outgoing starting SS Lee Flowers. The Steelers had visited with free agents Hall and Eric Brown. They had also been deeply interested in New England FS Tebucky Jones and Jacksonville SS Donovin Darius, but both were franchised by their teams.
The signing also may signal the end of the road for Hank Poteat as the Steelers may need to free up space under the cap. Speculation will be rampant that the Steelers unable to find a left tackle in free agency have decide to spend the little money they have available on Jackson, and will look within and at the draft to fill spot.
Jackson is the type of safety Head Coach Bill Cowher likes because he's interchangeable in the defense. He can play at the line of scrimmage and has playmaking coverage skills as evidenced by his 2 interceptions returned for touchdowns performance in the Super Bowl.
Jackson was drafted in 1999 and became a starter in 2001. He has 7 career regular season interceptions all as a starter.
Jackson would mark the 3rd UFA signing by the Steelers this year and will be the most scrutinized signing by Pittsburgh this off-season.
Steelers and Jackson Finalizing Deal
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