Assuring the continued services of a significant mid-season addition for the foreseeable future, GM/Head Coach Mike Sherman announced Sunday that defensive tackle Grady Jackson has been signed to a two-year contract extension by the Green Bay Packers.
The 6-2, 350-pound Jackson, claimed on waivers from the New Orleans Saints Nov. 4, since has become a disruptive factor in the heart of the defensive line while sharing time with 10-year veteran Gilbert Brown.
Jackson, a seventh-year professional, entering Sunday had registered 19 total tackles - 11 solo stops and 8 assists - in 7 games, along with 2 ½ quarterback sacks for 32 yards in losses, and one forced fumble.
The 30-year-old Knoxville College alumnus had his most productive outing to date in his first appearance in a Green Bay uniform, posting 5 tackles and a ½ sack in the Packers' Monday night game against the Philadelphia Eagles Nov. 10.
Jackson also weighed in with 4 tackles and a 19-yard sack of Charges quarterback Drew Brees during the Packers' 38-21 victory at San Diego Dec. 14, a maneuver which triggered a Green Bay touchdown. Teammate Hannibal Navies recovered the resulting fumble at the San Diego 1-yard-line and running back Ahman Green scored on the next play, swelling Green Bay's lead to a more comfortable 31-21.
Statistically, the Greensboro, Ala., native, who played his first five seasons for the Oakland Raiders, started 47 of 82 games in his first six seasons, posting 269 tackles, 25 sacks, 7 forced fumbles and 12 passes defensed.
Signed by New Orleans in 2002 as an unrestricted free agent, Jackson led the Saints' interior linemen in tackles (55), sacks (5½) and fumble recoveries (3). He had 6 of those tackles (all solo) against the Packers in their Sept. 15, 2002, invasion of the Louisana Superdome.
In the first half of the current season, Jackson registered 30 tackles and 3½ quarterback sacks in 7 games for the Saints prior to being placed on waivers Nov. 3.
Jackson had his most productive year with Oakland in 2001, posting a career-high 69 tackles while playing in all 16 games.
Originally a sixth-round selection of the Raiders in the 1997 draft, the 193rd player chosen overall, he played in 67 games for Oakland, with 32 starts.