Yesterday we told you that D'Qwell Jackson could be a fit with the Broncos. It would seem the Broncos brass at Dove Valley tend to agree.
CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora reported Thursday evening that recently released linebacker D'Qwell Jackson has lined up two visits with two teams this weekend. Those two teams are the Denver Broncos and Tennessee Titans. La Canfora mentions that "several teams" ,including the Minnesota Vikings, are also interested in the recently released Jackson.
Recently released standout LB D'Qwell Jackson has visits already scheduled w/Titans and Broncos this weekend. Several other teams interested— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) February 27, 2014
Interestingly, both the Broncos and Titans have coaches and front office members with connections to Jackson. Former Browns General Manager Tom Heckert works in the Denver front office while Ray Horton, last year’s defensive coordinator in Cleveland, is running the defense for the Titans.
According to La Canfora, some scouts believe he has slowed down a bit , but, with so much interest in his services, Jackson could end up earning around the $8 million in total compensation - the same $8 million he was set to get from Cleveland this season.
Yesterday, ProFootballTalk listed the Denver Broncos as their favorite to land Jackson, and Bleacher Reports Matt Miller tweeted out today that he also thinks the Broncos are the favorites to sign Jackson.
If I had to bet on where D'Qwell Jackson signs, I'd put money on Denver. #Broncos— Matt Miller (@nfldraftscout) February 27, 2014
Jackson would be a great fit for the Broncos who man a 4-3 base defense. That last two seasons, Jackson played in a 3-4 front and struggled, but in 2011 when he played in a 4-3 defense Jackson had a very good season for the Cleveland Browns. Pro Football Focus ranked Jackson as the 13th-best inside linebacker in football during the 2011 season. He dipped to 41st overall in 2012 and 42nd in 2013.
We at Mile High Report will keep you updated on this story.