Veteran free-agent DT Grady Jackson is headed to Detroit on Tuesday afternoon, and if he passes a physical Wednesday, he’s expected to sign a two- or three-year contract with the Lions, a source close to the situation said.
Jackson, a 12-year NFL veteran who’s listed at 345 pounds, would anchor the front of new Lions coach Jim Schwartz‘s defense. Jackson, 36, primarily has been used on run downs and has been durable over the latter stages of his career.
If he signs with the Lions, Jackson would return to the NFC North, where he spent three seasons with the Green Bay Packers (2003-2005). Jackson played most of the past three seasons with the Falcons, although he played the final half of 2007 with the Jacksonville Jaguars after being waived by Atlanta. After last season, Jackson wasn’t re-signed by the Falcons, who have decided to build their defense with younger players.
– Steve Wyche