The Cleveland Browns announced on Wednesday afternoon that they have released inside linebacker D’Qwell Jackson. Jackson, a former second-round in the 2006 NFL Draft, played the first eight seasons of his career in Cleveland and has been a productive member of their defense since joining the team.
General manager Ray Farmer commented on Jackson’s release in a statement.
“We had positive discussion with D’Qwell and his agent over the last several days, and we came to the mutual agreement to go in different directions. D’Qwell is the epitome of class, leadership and professionalism.
“Every day of his NFL career, D’Qwell has been a solid representative of the Browns and the City of Cleveland, both between the lines on Sundays and off the field in our area community. We want to thank him for his eight years of service and wish him nothing but the best in his future endeavors.”
The Browns pulled the trigger on Jackson’s release before he was due a $4 million roster bonus next month.
Jackson also released a statement of his own.
“To the people of Cleveland and Browns fans everywhere: Eight years ago I began a journey that blessed me with the opportunity to be a part of a wonderful organization and community,” he said. “I want to take this time to thank each and every one of you for opening your arms and hearts to my family and me, and for making Cleveland an easy place to love and call home. It’s been an honor playing in front of you.
“I also would like to thank the Browns players, coaches and staff for their tireless work and commitment. From the bottom of my heart, I thank you all and will always carry you with me.”
Jackson finishes his Browns career with 96 starts, 891 career tackles, 11.5 sacks, eight interceptions, five forced fumbles and seven fumble recoveries.
In each of the past three seasons, Jackson compiled more than 110 tackles.
He should be able to find a home in the free agent market as teams look to add a veteran linebacker with a great nose for the football. It will just not be for the price tag that he was currently demanding with the Browns.