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Colts go for experience with $22m contract for new LB

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Indianapolis Colts gone for experience at linebacker by signing up free agent D'Qwell Jackson today, according to ESPN.

The NFL veteran agreed a four-year contract with the Colts worth $22million, of which $11million will be guaranteed.

Jackson became a free agent last month after the Ceveland Browns decided to cut ties with him as he was in line for a $4.1million roster bonus and he has been visiting different teams to hear their offers in the meantime.

Jackson's arrival at the Colts will see him reunite with a familiar face from last season, as Rob Chudzinski has been brought in to assist head coach Chuck Pagano for next season.

Chudzinski was head coach at the Browns before being fired earlier this year after only a single season in charge of the team.

Indianapolis general manager Ryan Grigson expressed his delight at securing the services of Jackson and predicted the 2006 second round draft pick from Maryland would bring lots of valuable on-field knowhow to the side.

"We are pleased to announce the signing of inside linebacker D'Qwell Jackson," he said in a statement.

"He is a team-first guy that has been a very consistent producer on the field. The tempo, energy and determination he plays with are right up there with the best in this league.

"He brings a welcomed element of experience and natural leadership to our team, and we are excited to add him to the strong nucleus of linebackers we currently have on our roster."

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