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Chicago Bears release former Alabama defensive back

Chicago Bears defensive back Eddie Jackson warms up ahead of game against the Browns
Mandatory Credit: Scott Galvin-USA TODAY Sports

The Chicago Bears released former Alabama defensive back Eddie Jackson on Thursday. Jackson, along with starting offensive lineman Cody Whitehair were let go in a move that freed up over $21 million in cap space for the Bears.

Jackson first joined the Bears back in 017 when he was selected in the fourth round of the NFL Draft and spent seven seasons with the franchise. During his tenure, he was named an All-Pro in 2018 and was a two-time Pro Bowler in 2018 and 2019.

Jackson started in all 100 games he was available where he recorded 459 total tackles, two sacks, 15 interceptions (three returned for touchdowns), 44 pass deflections, 10 forced fumbles, six fumble recovers (three returned for touchdowns) and 14 tackles for loss.

Before his days in the NFL, Jackson was a standout defensive back for the Crimson Tide, playing under Nick Saban from 2013-16 where he was named to the All-SEC First-team in 2015 and to the All-SEC Second-team in 2016. He was also a member of the 2015 national championship team where he was named the defensive MVP of the game.

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