CFL Colts trade for veteran DB

April 30, 1994|By Ken Murray | Ken Murray,Sun Staff Writer

The Baltimore CFL Colts plugged another defensive hole yesterday, trading two rookie prospects to the Toronto Argonauts for veteran Canadian Football League defensive back Enis Jackson.

The Colts gave up defensive tackle Swift Burch of Temple and outside linebacker Brad Clark of Brigham Young in a straight player trade, the team's first.

Jackson, a five-year veteran, joins a growing list of defensive players with CFL experience acquired by the expansion team. Signed as free agents were nose tackle Jearld Baylis, rush end O. J. Brigance, middle linebacker Ken Benson, and defensive back Ken Watson.

"You build a team with defense first," coach Don Matthews said. "We're not done yet. We hope to get one or two more with experience."

Matthews said he traded players from his deepest positions to get Jackson, an All-CFL pick as a rookie in 1989 with the Edmonton Eskimos. Matthews was Edmonton's defensive coordinator at the time.

Jackson -- nicknamed "Easy" -- was a Western Division All-Star in 1991 and 1992 before Edmonton traded him to Toronto last year in a record 8-for-8 player swap. Because of a lingering groin injury, Jackson played in only five games for Toronto.

The 5-foot-9, 175-pound Jackson has spent his entire CFL career (68 games, 182 tackles, 16 interceptions) at defensive back, lined up against bigger slot receivers.

He spent the 1986 season on injured reserve with the Cleveland Browns, who cut him in 1987. He also was cut in 1988 by the San Diego Chargers.

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