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Colts Release Veteran ILB D’Qwell Jackson

The Indianapolis Colts announced Thursday that they’ve released veteran ILB D’Qwell Jackson.

“D’Qwell is a consummate professional,” said Head Coach Chuck Pagano. “The way he approaches the game is second to none. His leadership and mentorship provided a valuable example for the younger players on this team. We are grateful for all of his contributions to the organization and wish him the best.”

In December of last year, Jackson was suspended four games for violating league’s policy on performance-enhancing substances.

Jackson, 33, is a former second-round pick of the Browns back in 2006. He spent seven years in Cleveland before he released in February of 2014.

The Colts later signed Jackson to a four-year, $22 million contract that included $11 million guaranteed. He was set to make a base salary of $5 million for the 2017 season.

According to OverTheCap.com, releasing Jackson will free up $5.55 million in available cap space while creating $200,000 in dead money.

In 2016, Jackson appeared in 12 games for the Colts and recorded 78 tackles, one sack, two fumble recoveries and three pass defenses.