Browns Release Veteran ILB D’Qwell Jackson On Wednesday

The Cleveland Browns parted ways Wednesday with one of their defensive veterans as inside linebacker D’Qwell Jackson had his contract with the team terminated.

Jackson, who was drafted by the Browns in the second-round of the 2006 NFL Draft out of Maryland, was due a $3,933,333 base salary in 2014 in addition to a $4 million roster bonus and a $100,000 workout bonus. In releasing him, the Browns will save $5,233,333 million against their salary cap in 2014.

Jackson, who will turn 31 in September, played all but one snap on defense last year for the Browns and during his eight year career in Cleveland, he started a total of 96 games.

Now that Jackson is a street free agent, I am sure there will be quite a few Pittsburgh Steelers fans that will wonder if he is someone the black and gold will have interest in signing.

For starters, Jackson didn’t play overly well against the run last year for the Browns. In fact, as a team, the Browns allowed an average of 5.68 yards per carry on 71 rushes scored as going up the middle in 2013 and that average ranked them 29th in the league for that direction. In addition, the Browns defense also allowed 4.13 yards per rush on plays scored as going off left guard and that ranked them 22nd in the league overall.

The Steelers struggled against the run as well last season and that’s one area they will definitely need to fix in 2014. Based on what I saw of him last season, I’m not sure that adding Jackson would be a move in the right direction as far as accomplishing that goal. We shall see if the Steelers think otherwise.

  • Richie

    Well you would know Dave and the Browns have cap room aplenty so this cut must be for his poor play last season

  • dgh57

    He’ on the WRONG side of 30!

  • Tanner

    What about guys like Nick Collins
    Richie Incognito Kamerion Wimbley

  • Kevin Gobleck

    I wouldn’t mind bringing him in for a visit, why not see what could happen?

  • Jefferson_St_Joe

    What this should reinforce for the posters on this site is the relative value for players over 30. Even a team with boatloads of cap money is actively managing the value they are getting for the dollars spent. You can’t pay for all-pro production and get significantly less than that.

  • T R

    he on wrong side of “can’t play” if you only get one snap for the Browns..

  • Douglas Andrews

    With the Browns having so much cap room this move was made due to declining play. No need to bring him in if he can’t help improve the run game.

  • Brian Tollini

    He played on all snaps except one…

  • joed32

    He played all BUT one snap last season.

  • Luke Shabro

    Maybe, hell no and no

  • Shannon Stephenson

    At this point in his career I would take a pass. We want to get younger not older.

  • Reg Sayhitodabadguy Hunt

    To be honest i dont want no parts of the browns they may have some good players but if you cant play for the browns why would we want you case in point trent richardson loved to have traded for him but after seeing him decline for the colts im glad we passed

  • T R

    read that wrong. lol

  • Jeff

    It’s funny that 2 people up-voted it…

  • Jeff

    Last year was the first year in a while where there didn’t really seem to be any outside distractions in the Steelers locker room… Let’s make that a trend and not even consider Incognito.

  • T R

    I have fans. I’m usually better then that hell the browns still released him mlol