Alabama in the Pros

Bears sign fourth-round pick Eddie Jackson

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Former Alabama safety Eddie Jackson became the fifth Crimson Tide standout to sign an NFL contract since the draft. Although details in regards to his deal were not released, the Chicago Bears inked the fourth-round pick to a contract on Monday as he joins running back Tarik Cohen and offensive lineman Jordan Morgan.

He enrolled in Alabama’s 2013 signing class as a four-star prospect and would total 130 tackles, 12 pass breakups and nine interceptions (three for touchdowns) in his career. Jackson carried a team-high six picks in 2015, including two returned for scores versus Georgia and Texas A&M. His ability to attack the football led the Tide to a College Football Playoff national championship. He would end the season as a first team All-SEC and second team All-American selection. Despite sustaining a broken leg a season ago, Jackson turned in his third career pick-six and cultivated his skills into a different role. As a punt returner, he ran back 11 attempts for 253 yards – including two for touchdowns in victories over Ole Miss and Tennessee on the road.

He is now part of a secondary that has Kyle Fuller and Jonathan Banks.

Stephen M. Smith is a managing editor and senior writer for Touchdown Alabama Magazine.  You can “like” him on Facebook or “follow” him on Twitter, via @Smsmith_TDALMag.

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