CLEVELAND — The Cleveland Browns are continuing to add to their defensive roster, signing former Eagles defensive tackle Malik Jackson to a 1-year deal, according to ESPN's Jeremy Fowler.
Jackson, a nine-year vet and former Pro Bowler, recorded 28 tackles and 2.5 sacks for the Eagles last year. RT @JFowlerESPN: Malik Jackson is signing with the Browns, per source.— Jeremy Fowler (@JFowlerESPN) March 20, 2021
Jackson, 31, was released by the Eagles on Wednesday.
Selected by the Broncos in the fifth round of the 2012 NFL Draft, Jackson has spent time with the Broncos, Jaguars and most recently the Eagles. Jackson was named to the 2017 Pro-Bowl and was a part of the Broncos during their 2015 Super Bowl win.
Last season with the Eagles, Jackson recorded 28 tackles—six for loss—and 2.5 sacks in the 15 games he played. Jackson started in six of those 15 games last season.
Over his nine year career, Jackson has recorded 267 tackles, 35 sacks, 25 passes defended and six forced fumbles.
While Jackson has had extremely productive seasons, he has dealt with an injury that set him back from the Pro Bowl production of his past, suffering a season-ending foot injury in the first week of the 2019 season, but he's looking to compete strongly in 2021 and provide a boost to the Browns' defensive line.
Since 2018, Jackson has recorded a pass-rush grade of 72.8, according to Pro Football Focus.
Jackson's addition to the defensive line provides the Browns with both veteran leadership and solid rotational depth while filling a void left by defensive tackle Larry Ogunjobi, who recently signed with the Bengals.
Browns General Manager Andrew Berry has made defense the focal point of this offseason, signing safety John Johnson, cornerback Troy Hill, defensive end Takkarist McKinley and linebacker Anthony Walker while re-signing other core players from last season, bringing them back for the 2021 season.
Camryn Justice is a digital content producer at News 5 Cleveland. Follow her on Twitter @camijustice.