Today the Cleveland Browns released longtime starting linebacker D'Qwell Jackson. The team released the linebacker Wednesday, soon after the two sides met and mutually agreed to part ways. Jackson had been due a $4.1 million roster bonus on March 15th.
Jackson, who is 30 years of age was a popular team leader for the Browns, and lead them in tackles this past season. However, Jackson expressed his desire to play somewhere that has more stability.
D'Q Jackson said #Browns tried to restructure his contract, but the number wasn't right for him and "I want to go somewhere with stability''— Mary Kay Cabot (@MaryKayCabot) February 26, 2014
I believe that Jackson would be a great fit for the Denver Broncos. The Broncos are losing Wesley Woodyard and Paris Lenon to Free Agency and are without a starter at the Inside Linebacker spot. Jackson would give the Broncos a proven veteran, and a guy who can be a leader on the field and in the locker room.
Jackson was a poor fit in Cleveland's 3-4 front, but in 2011 when the Browns played a 4-3 defense Jackson put up 158 tackles, 3.5 sacks, 1 int and 1 FF. This past season Jackson totaled 141 tackles, 1.5 sacks, 1 Interception and 1 forced fumble.
ProFootballTalk.com lists the Denver Broncos as the number one potential landing spot for Jackson.
1. Denver Broncos. Middle linebackers Wesley Woodyard and Paris Lenon are unrestricted free agents. Broncos director of pro personnel Tom Heckert was the Browns’ G.M. before joining Denver and was part of the Cleveland front office that signed Jackson to his contract extension two years ago. Frankly, this is a fit that makes a lot of sense: Jackson would finally get to play for a winner, and he likely would have a key backer in Heckert.
Jackson won't last long on the market. Seven teams have already been in contact with Jackson, and he's already planning to visit an undisclosed team tomorrow according to NFL Networks Jeff Darlington.
I spoke to D'Qwell Jackson (@dq52), and while he's asked me not to share the teams yet, he already has visit for tomorrow in a great place.— Jeff Darlington (@JeffDarlington) February 26, 2014
Could this "Great Place" be the Denver Broncos? I for one sure hope so.
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