Cleveland Browns inside linebacker D’Qwell Jackson is the undisputed leader of the team’s defensive unit. Still, the NFL is a business and at 30 years old with a $4.1 million roster bonus due on March 11th and a cap number of $9.43 million in 2014, he could become a cap casualty.
Jackson told Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer that he “absolutely” would be shocked if he wasn’t back with the Browns in 2014. It isn’t even something he wants to think or talk about.
“I don’t even like talking about it,” Jackson said Friday. “I know it’s a business and things change all the time, but as far as I’m concerned I haven’t thought about that one time. I feel good in my position where I am. From what I know, I’m part of the plans, I’ll be here next year.”
Jackson also said it’d be hard to play somewhere else.
“Now I’m stuck to Cleveland,” he said. “It’s going to be hard to go somewhere else and play. I know it’s the nature of the business, things may change and I’m fully aware of that. Right now, I’m a Cleveland Brown through and through.”
Jackson leads the team with 130 tackles this season.