Indianapolis Colts linebacker Edwin Jackson was struck and killed by a suspected drunk driver early Sunday morning, Indiana State Police told the Indianapolis Star. Jackson was 26.
“We were heartbroken to hear the news of Edwin Jackson’s passing,” the Colts said in a statement. “Edwin was loved by all in the Colts organization. We admired his outgoing personality, competitive spirit, and hard-working mentality. He was well-respected among all with whom he crossed paths, and he will be greatly missed in our locker room and throughout our entire organization. We also understand that another person lost his life in the accident, only adding to our sorrow on this day. We are shocked and saddened by this tragedy, and our thoughts and prayers are with the families of both men during this difficult time.”
On February 12, the Colts announced that the Irsay family would be establishing the Edwin Jackson Memorial Scholarship. According to the Colts, the scholarship “will be a separate fund within the Indianapolis Colts Foundation, will honor Jackson’s life and legacy and will be awarded annually to a qualified student applicant. “
Jackson entered the league as an undrafted free agent in 2015 with the Arizona Cardinals and was scooped up by the Colts, where he remained on the practice squad his entire rookie season. He played in all 16 games for Indianapolis in 2016 — starting eight — but spent 2017 on injured reserve.
Non-exclusive tags are most commonly used. It means a team will pay the tagged player no less than the average of the five highest salaries at the player’s position, or 120 percent of the player’s cap number from the previous season, whichever is greater. The player is allowed to negotiate with other teams, but his current team can match any offer sheet. If a player’s current team declines to match another team’s offer, it will be awarded two first-round draft picks as compensation.
Exclusive tags are more rare. Only Broncos linebacker Von Miller (2016) and Saints quarterback Drew Brees (2012) have received the exclusive tag since 2012. The salary is calculated the same for players issued non-exclusive tags. The only difference is that the tagged player cannot negotiate with other teams.