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Eddie Jackson posts farewell to ‘Bears Nation’ on social media

Eddie Jackson posts farewell to ‘Bears Nation’ on social media originally appeared on NBC Sports Chicago

Eddie Jackson posted a farewell to the Bears following the team releasing him earlier this offseason.

Here’s what he said in a statement on his Instagram page.

https://www.instagram.com/p/C5j-0dkLypI

The same day the Bears cut Jackson, they also cut veteran offensive lineman Cody Whitehair. By cutting both veteran players, the Bears saved themselves $21.7 million in cap space, according to Spotrac.

Jackson was best known in Chicago for his big playmaking abilities in the back of the Bears defense, including several defensive touchdowns. His two pick-sixes in 2018 led the NFL and gave the Bears their characteristic swagger on defense.

Recently, Jackson was hampered by a foot injury that cost him 10 games over the past two seasons. He did not make the same playmaking impact that the team had been accustomed to in 2023, but in 2022 he won the team’s Ballhawk Award with four interceptions and two forced fumbles.

Even though Jackson didn’t take away the ball at the same pace last season, he still played an important role as the de facto quarterback of the defense. Teammates and coaches alike credited Jackson for making sure every player was in the right place and understood their assignment.

“Eddie anticipates fast,” said safeties coach Andre Curtis towards the end of last season. “Really fast. He sees it. He sees it before it happens and he’s communicating, ‘Alert on this motion. Be alert for this.’ A lot of guys can learn that stuff or see that stuff, but can they share it or process it to the other people? Some guys have a knack for that and Eddie, that’s what makes him really cool back there.”

The Bears drafted Jackson in the fourth round of the 2017 draft. Throughout his seven-year career with the team, he intercepted 15 passes, forced 10 fumbles and recovered six more. More impressively he scored six defensive touchdowns from those takeaways.

Jackson earned Pro Bowl honors twice with the Bears and was named a First-Team All-Pro once. He was named a captain by his teammates for the second half of the 2022 season and all of 2023.

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