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Tuesday, March 9, 2010
Safety Jackson to visit Eagles today

By Dan Graziano
ESPN.com

The Philadelphia Eagles have announced that former Colts cornerback Marlin Jackson will stop by the club's practice facility for a visit this afternoon. The cornerback/safety visited the Ravens this morning, but he obviously left the building without signing a contract.

Since the Eagles are making Jackson available to the media Wednesday morning at 11 a.m. ET, something tells me there's a good chance they aim to sign him. Jackson is coming off a serious knee injury, so I'm sure the Eagles will put him through a rigorous physical. But if the 26-year-old is cleared by team doctors, the signing makes total sense.

Jackson would be expected to start opposite Quintin Mikell at free safety. He's missed a lot of time the past two seasons with the Colts, but he was an ascending player before the injuries. Many have speculated the Eagles would select a safety in April's draft, but I think it's their preference to find a veteran starter such as Jackson. Last year's combination of Quintin Demps/Macho Harris/Sean Jones didn't exactly work out, which is to say it was a complete failure.

The Eagles need a safety who can potentially cover talented tight ends such as Jason Witten and Chris Cooley. As Les Bowen of the Daily News reminded me, SI.com's Peter King made the following statement about Jackson in his Monday Morning Quarterback column:
"I'm doing a thorough physical on free agent cornerback Marlin Jackson, dumped by the Colts," said King. "And unless I think his knee won't allow him to start the season, I'm moving aggressively to sign him. He's now missed much of the past two years with injuries, but he's a smart 26-year-old corner the Colts thought so highly of that they picked him in the first round five years ago. Worth the risk. He'll visit the Eagles and Ravens this week, and I'd be surprised if he were unemployed Friday."

Unless something shows up on the physical, I'd expect for Jackson to sign with the Eagles on Wednesday. And make sure you read to the bottom of Bowen's blog entry for a great line about Drew Rosenhaus.