The Cleveland Browns announced the release of veteran ILB D’Qwell Jackson on Wednesday.
- Brian McIntyre notes that this moves will save the Browns $8 million in cash and $5.233 million in cap space for the 2014 season.
- Jackson tells Mary Kay Cabot that he tried to rework his contract, but the figure they were discussing wasn’t right for him.
- “I want to go somewhere with stability,” said Jackson.
Browns GM Ray Farmer released a statement regarding the move.
“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.”
Jackson also released a statement on Wednesday.
“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. 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, 30, signed a five-year deal worth $42.5 million that included $10.4 million guaranteed with the Browns back in 2012. He was set to make $2.6 million for the 2014 season, but had a $4 million roster bonus coming his way in the coming weeks, so the idea was floated that he could be on the chopping block.
Jackson contributed 139 tackles, one sack, an interception and a forced fumble over the course of 16 games. Pro Football Focus has him rated as the No. 42 inside linebacker last season.