The Indianapolis Colts today signed free agent tackle/guard Fahn Cooper.
Cooper, 6-5, 306 pounds, spent the entire 2016 season on the San Francisco 49ers practice squad. He participated in the 49ers 2016 offseason program and training camp before being waived during final cuts on September 3 and was signed to the team’s practice squad the next day. Cooper was originally selected by San Francisco in the fifth round (174th overall) of the 2016 NFL Draft.
Collegiately, Cooper started all 26 games in two seasons (2014-15) at Mississippi. In 2015, he was the Kent Hull Trophy winner, presented to Mississippi’s college offensive lineman of the year. Cooper started all 13 games and helped the Rebels lead the SEC in scoring (40.8 points per game), total offense (517.8 yards per game) and passing offense (334.7 yards per game). The team ranked in the top 10 nationally and set school records in each category. In 2014, Cooper started all 13 games. Prior to Mississippi, he spent the 2013 season at the College of DuPage where he earned Second Team NJCAA All-America honors. Cooper began his collegiate career at Bowling Green and started all 13 games for the Falcons in 2012 after redshirting in 2011.
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The Indianapolis Colts today released inside linebacker D’Qwell Jackson.
“D’Qwell is a consummate professional,” said Head Coach Chuck Pagano. “The way he approaches the game is second to none. His leadership and mentorship provided a valuable example for the younger players on this team. We are grateful for all of his contributions to the organization and wish him the best.”
Jackson, 6-0, 242 pounds, was signed by the Colts as a free agent on March 6, 2014. He has started 140-of-141 career NFL games and totaled 1,350 tackles (838 solo), 19.5 sacks, 42 passes defensed, seven forced fumbles, 13 fumble recoveries (one returned for a touchdown) and nine interceptions (two returned for touchdowns). Jackson started all three playoff contests he appeared in and recorded 33 tackles (20 solo), two passes defensed and one interception. He has registered eight-career 100-tackle seasons and has led his team in tackles in eight of his 11 seasons in the NFL.
Jackson led the Colts in tackles in each of his three seasons in Indianapolis. In 2016, he started all 12 games he played in and tallied 82 tackles (56 solo), 1.0 sack, three passes defensed and two fumble recoveries. Jackson recorded a career-high 193 tackles (105 solo) in 2015 and added 3.0 sacks, 10 passes defensed, one forced fumble and one interception (returned for a touchdown). He was selected to his first career Pro Bowl in 2014 after collecting 184 tackles (111 solo), 4.0 sacks, one pass defensed, one forced fumble and four fumble recoveries (one returned for a touchdown).
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