After leaving the Raven’s training center yesterday without a contract, Marlin Jackson traveled to Philadelphia that same night for a visit with the Eagles. It seems the Eagles saw something the Ravens unfortunately failed to see; Jackson and the Eagles have reportedly agreed on a two-year deal.
With Raven’s starting CB Fabian Washington and backup Lardarius Webb recovering from injuries, the missed opportunity with Jackson is concerning. Although Jackson only had one season where he played every game, the games he has played shows opportunity. The 29th overall draft pick of 2005 had his best career performance in 2007 when he played every game and finished the season with 112 tackles. He was also most notable for the game winning interception in the 2006 AFC Championship game that sent the Colts to the Super Bowl.
On the downside, Jackson only managed to play 7 games in 2008. When he suffered an ACL injury in 2009, he also suffered his worst season playing just 4 games. I can see why the Ravens decided to pass on Jackson, wanting to avoid having a third injured cornerback on the roster, but there is much needed depth at that position.
There are still solid players in the draft to keep an eye on like Joe Haden, Devin McCourty, Kyle Wilson, and Kareem Jackson. Since there is plenty of time before the start of OTA, I trust Ozzie will find a solution, whether it be in free agency or the draft.