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Agent: Jackson, Colts agree to contract

INDIANAPOLIS (July 27, 2005) -- Indianapolis Colts first-round draft pick Marlin Jackson agreed to a five-year contract worth nearly $7 million, his agent said.

Doug Hendrickson, Jackson's agent, confirmed the defensive back accepted a deal worth $6.975 million that will allow him to report to training camp July 27 with the rest of the team.

Craig Kelley, a spokesman for the Colts, said the team had no comment.

"He's ecstatic, the Colts are happy, and he's looking forward to being there (July 27)," Hendrickson said.

Jackson, the 29th overall pick in the April draft, will receive a $4.38 million signing bonus as well as option and reporting bonuses, Hendrickson said. He will sign the deal Wednesday morning, then report to Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in Terre Haute, Ind., for training camp.

Jackson, at just over 6 feet and 196 pounds, comes into the NFL with a reputation as a physical defender and a ballhawk. He also has good speed.

At Michigan, he started 39 of 45 career games, splitting time between cornerback and safety. He finished his career with 195 tackles, nine interceptions and five forced fumbles. He also blocked two kicks and his 34 career pass breakups were second in school history.

The resolution of the Jackson negotiations left the Colts with four draft picks still unsigned as of late July 26: cornerback Kelvin Hayden (second round), offensive lineman Rob Hunt (fifth round), linebacker Tyjuan Hagler (fifth round) and running back Anthony Davis (seventh round).

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