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Grady Jackson | Defensive Lineman

Team: Detroit Lions
Age / DOB:  (45) / 1/21/1973
Ht / Wt:  6'2" / 345
College: Knoxville
Drafted: 1997 / Rd. 6 (193) / OAK

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A warrant has been issued for free agent DT Grady Jackson charging him with receiving stolen property.
Jackson is in possession of an expensive Aximum watch that belonged to an insurance company and a Duluth pawn shop. The 37-year-old former run plugger is now playing for the UFL's Florida Tuskers. Fri, Nov 19, 2010 08:59:00 AM

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Lions released DT Grady Jackson.

Tangible proof that coach Jim Schwartz is making progress with the Lions' roster. Last year's upgrade is no longer needed with Corey Williams on board to go with Sammie Hill. Now 37 years old and good for just 20-25 snaps per game, Jackson will move on to the next team desperate for a nose tackle.
Fri, Mar 5, 2010 04:08:00 PM

Lions DT Grady Jackson is still facing a possible suspension for violating the league's drug policy last season after testing positive for a banned diuretic.

Roger Goodell said a decision on Jackson's appeal will come within the next couple of weeks. Even at age 36 and a shell of his former self, Jackson would be some help for the Lions' problematic run defense.
Tue, Aug 11, 2009 10:43:00 AM

Lions NT Grady Jackson (knee) has begun practicing with the team.

He had been on the non-football/injury list. Detroit hopes Jackson will help its run defense, but the 36-year-old hasn't been a difference maker in years.
Tue, Aug 4, 2009 12:39:00 PM

Lions DT Grady Jackson and Lions WR Bryant Johnson opened camp on the NFL list for non-football injuries and illnesses.

Johnson has an "undisclosed health problem" that is apparently unrelated to his knee injury. Jackson signed a big deal this offseason, but he hasn't practiced a lick since. Counting on him to play a big role is risky business for Detroit.
Sat, Aug 1, 2009 06:43:00 PM

Lions DT Grady Jackson (knee) has yet to begin practicing.

Jackson was signed to a three-year, $8 million contract in March. He's behind on his recovery from knee surgery, however, and hasn't partcitipated in any on-field workouts with the team. Oh, and he's still awaiting word on a possible four-game StarCaps suspension.
Sat, Jun 27, 2009 09:01:00 AM

Lions DT Grady Jackson is behind schedule in his recovery from knee surgery, says coach Jim Schwartz.

The 36-year-old Jackson underwent surgery in February and has yet to participate in on-field workouts with the team. Jackson is expected to get back on the field for training camp, but he's still in danger of missing four games for his StarCaps suspension.
Wed, Jun 24, 2009 08:08:00 AM

Team president Tom Lewand confirmed that the Lions are still in a holding pattern regarding whether DT Grady Jackson will be suspended to open the year.

Jackson, suspended last season for taking the weight-loss supplement StarCaps, appealed the ban but has yet to hear back from the NFL. The Lions shockingly give the 36-year-old a three-year, $8 million contract in March. That signing would look even worse if Jackson isn't available until Week 5.
Wed, May 27, 2009 02:34:00 PM

Lions DT Grady Jackson may be in danger of being suspended four games due to his positive test for StarCaps last season.

Jackson filed a class action suit against StarCaps and had an internal appeal with the commissioner that was "deferred pending additional information." The "additional information" likely came in the recent ruling upholding the four game suspensions.
Sun, May 24, 2009 09:52:00 AM

Grady Jackson's brother, Javorris, is facing murder charges after allegedly killing his girlfriend last Saturday.

Javorris was invited to Lions camp for a tryout last weekend, but he failed a physical due to a wrist injury. The Savannah State star turned the gun on himself after shooting his girlfriend, and he's currently hospitalized with a gunshot wound to the chest.
Fri, May 8, 2009 09:21:00 PM

Lions signed DT Grady Jackson to a three-year, $8 million contract.

Jackson started 15 games for Atlanta last season and is big (6'2/345). The Falcons ranked 25th against the run, however, and yielded nearly five yards per carry against, the 28th worst mark in the league. Jackson, 36, adds next to nothing as a pass rusher and is unlikely to make a difference in Detroit.
Wed, Mar 4, 2009 03:11:00 PM

The Lions are expected to sign free agent DT Grady Jackson to a multi-year deal if he passes a physical Tuesday.

The physical is key for Jackson, who is 36 and has battled knee woes for years. He's nearly fallen out of the league over the last two seasons and is only a two-down player, but the Lions are viewing Jackson as a starter.
Tue, Mar 3, 2009 02:48:00 PM

The Broncos have reopened contract talks with free agent NT Grady Jackson.

Denver doesn't have a true nose on its roster and is switching to a 3-4 hybrid defense. Jackson, who would be a short-term solution, had initially been asking for too much money. He's likely dropped his demands some.
Source: Denver Post
Sun, Mar 1, 2009 09:36:00 AM

The Broncos have expressed interest in free agent NT Grady Jackson.

Jackson is currently out of Denver's price range, which is perplexing. He didn't key an effective run defense in Atlanta last year and is 36 years old.
Source: Denver Post
Fri, Feb 27, 2009 11:29:00 AM

The Falcons have had no discussions with free agent NT Grady Jackson.

Jackson, 36, will likely be allowed to walk. The Falcons may target a second tier nose in free agency if they don't find the funds for Albert Haynesworth. Colin Cole, Shaun Cody, Ronald Fields, and C.J. Mosley will be available.
Sun, Feb 15, 2009 07:22:00 PM

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