The Green Bay Packers have signed safety Bobby Jackson as a free agent, GM/Head Coach Mike Sherman announced Friday.
Jackson, 6-3, 214 pounds, originally signed with the New York Jets as an undrafted free agent out of the University of Illinois in April of last year, then was released the following month. He signed as a free agent with the Indianapolis Colts in June 2002 and subsequently was waived (Aug. 26) in training camp.
As a collegian and Illini captain, Jackson started every game in his last three seasons (1998, 2000-01) with a redshirt year in 1999 due to a knee injury. He finished out his career with 228 tackles (159 solo), 16 stops for loss, six interceptions and 26 passes defensed. He added six hits with a pair of stops behind the line of scrimmage against Wisconsin in 2001 and was named to the All-Big Ten Conference second team that season.
Earlier, Jackson earned prep all-league honors twice and was named the 1996 league defensive player of the year at Crescent Valley (Ore.) High as a senior. He received regional and state honors and was named All-America by Parade, SuperPrep and BlueChip Magazine, the lone selection from Oregon or Washington.