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Rob Jackson Re-Signs With the Redskins

OLB Rob Jackson was not expected to return, but the team announced that he has signed a new contract today.

The Redskins announced they have re-signed OLB Rob Jackson. Jackson, 28, is the lone survivor from the Redskins 2008 Draft now that Fred Davis is finally off the roster. Selected in the 7th round, and a rare compensatory draft pick for the Redskins, Jackson was a DE at Kansas State. He has been a backup OLB for most of his time with the Redskins. He saw his most significant amount of playing time in 2012 when Brian Orakpo missed the majority of the season due to injury. He started 15 games including the playoffs, and had 4.5 sacks, 4 INTs, 1 TD, 6 Passes Defended, and 2 Forced Fumbles. He also start in Week 17 last season when Orakpo missed the final game due to a groin injury.

Re-signing Jackson is a good move to bolster the thin depth at the OLB position. The other backup on the roster, Brandon Jenkins, has seen very limited action, and needs more development time. Brian Orakpo has signed his franchise tag tender and will be here this year, but his future in Washington is still uncertain.

Jackson missed the first 4 games of last season due to a violation of the NFL's Substance Abuse Policy for taking a prescription painkiller for a toothache. From multiple reports, Jackson had received very limited interest from the Redskins to re-sign, and he had very few visits with other teams scheduled. Terms of the deal have not been disclosed, but this should be a cheaper deal due to the lack of reported interest around the league.

[UPDATE 4/8/2014 11:15AM]: Contract details released. Another MSB deal from GM Bruce Allen.