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August 10, 2019; Santa Clara, CA, USA; Dallas Cowboys cornerback Michael Jackson (33) before the game against the San Francisco 49ers at Levi's Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

By Ty Anderson,

The New England Patriots swung a thriller of a deal on Sunday, acquiring cornerback Michael Jackson from the Detroit Lions in exchange for an undisclosed 2022 draft pick, the team announced.

A fifth-round draft pick (158th overall) by the Dallas Cowboys in 2019, the 23-year-old Jackson made four tackles in his lone preseason appearance for the Cowboys, and began his rookie season on the team’s practice squad.

But Jackson was not long for the Cowboy practice squad, and was signed off it and to the Lions’ 53-man roster on Oct. 30. The 6-foot-1 Jackson saw action in one game for the Lions last season, too, but did not register any stats.

(Sidenote: I got really excited that I was finally able to search ‘Michael Jackson Cowboys’ on our image provider. Sadly, the results were not as fun as I originally imagined them to be. Not a single cowboy hat in sight.)

Prior to his NFL jump, Jackson played his college ball at the University of Miami, where he captured Second Team All ACC honors in 2017, and compiled 97 tackles, four interceptions, and 11 passes defensed in four years with the Hurricanes.

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