The Lions signed veteran free-agent defensive tackle Grady Jackson to a three-year, $8 million contract Wednesday in a move to fortify their interior front.
Jackson, a 12-year NFL veteran, spent most of the past three seasons with the Atlanta Falcons, for whom he played mostly on run downs.
The 36-year-old, 350-pounder wasn’t re-signed as part of a youth movement on Atlanta’s defense. Jackson, in turn, returns to the NFC North, where he played for the Green Bay Packers from 2003 to 2005.
Jackson came into the NFL in 1997 with the Oakland Raiders and has registered 327 tackles and 35.5 sacks in his career.
— Steve Wyche