Brandon Jackson joins the Browns

AP

A lot of Browns fans wanted another wide receiver added to the mix.

Instead, they’ve added another running back to an-already promising backfield.

Florio has learned via a league source that running back Brandon Jackson has joined the Browns on a two-year, $4.5 million contract.  The Browns want Peyton Hillis to play fewer snaps this year, and Jackson is a very capable third-down option.

The team also has 2010 second round pick Montario Hardesty coming back from injury, but the team doesn’t have to rely on him too much.

Jackson developed into a fine pass blocker over the years and can help diversify Cleveland’s offense.  We’ve said it before, but it’s a good thing Hillis got on the Madden cover this year because we doubt he’ll get the ball so much again.

33 responses to “Brandon Jackson joins the Browns

  1. This one hurts. Would have taken this kid’s receiving production and 3rd down clutch ability over that friggin’ clown Grant anyday. Good luck to you, B.J.!

  2. As a Packer fan, Good Luck! – wish you the best. Would have liked you to stay in GB but understand the business.

  3. I don’t care what anyone else thinks, but I always liked Jackson. He always played hard and could come up with a big play now and again. Good luck, Brandon.

  4. Brandon Jackson couldn’t beat out James Starks and John Kuhn when Ryan Grant went down.. thus the Packers let him go.

    ..and the Clowns pick him up.

    LOL!

  5. Jackson is the victim of a crowded backfield in Green Bay. He’s a reliable back who’s a great blocker and can catch the ball out out of the backfield. Good move Cleveland.

  6. Swell.

    Isn’t the new puppet…er, I mean head coach trying out a “west coast” offense this year? (Much like the 3-4 defense experiment we tried?)

    Maybe someone can enlighten me. Who are we supposed to throw to?

  7. Brandon Jackson is headline news at PFT? This “wild and crazy” FA period is pretty lame…

  8. Jackson is an animal when it comes to blocking for his QB. And he can catch the ball well. Cleveland fans will love this addition.

  9. BJax was, and always will be, a role player at best. Nevertheless, good luck in Cleveland.

  10. When Brandon Jackson is in the backfield, the opposing team knows it’s going to be a pass because he is not that good of a runner.

    Excellent out of the backfield receiving the ball and of course picking up the blitz.

  11. Good move for when that Madden curse strikes.

    Great 3rd down back for the Holmgren system.
    Sometimes the QB has to check down.

    Jackson can do well on special teams.

    Worth every penny.

  12. i perfer Sproles but il take Jackson…..regardless where the F are my d/l and LB signings?!?! wtf is going on over there with Heckertt?!?

  13. Why not the Browns free agent impact player signings always consist of 3rd and 4th. stringers from other teams benches. Woo Hoo Bring in his brother Micheal and Tito and we will have a formidable offense.

  14. Cleveland fans will love this addition

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    We’d love the addition of Clay Mathews son!

  15. GB fans are providing a great example of a true fan’s perspective. Give the guy the credit he deserves and wish him luck. Refreshingly honest, and hopefully accurate from a Browns fans point of view.

  16. Cleveland…. you will love this guy…. not a huge playmaker but dependable and a good blocker. With Grant returning and Starks on the rise, he just wouldn’t get enough snaps in GB.

  17. This sounds like a Holmgren signing, and doesn’t surprise me one bit. Good hands, very good blocker, and doesn’t fumble. He’s not an every-down guy, but how many teams are still using an every-down guy?

    Best of luck to Jackson…as others have already said, but I’ll repeat, Packers fans will miss him. Here’s hoping Alex Green can fill in and keep Rodgers standing up straight.

  18. Although I hear the other Browns fans calling for help on the defensive side of the ball, I was hoping for a running back of Jackson’s caliber. Goodbye, Mr. Vickers. This guy, unlike you, can catch the ball out of the backfield and can pass protect. McCoy now has a better chance of not getting slammed. Great move!

  19. As long as Cleveland doesn’t run the zone blocking scheme, Jackson will be a very nice addition. His vision through the LOS is not the best so giving him a defined hole to run through will only make him a better runner.

    Hes not a one cut and get downfield type of guy so thats why he struggled to run the ball consistantly in GB he but hes a good pass blocker and can definitely catch the ball.

    Good pickup for Holgren and relatively on the cheap.

  20. What a crock, oldbrowndawg. Why would you even bring up Vickers in this discussion? Two different positions, and Vickers was on his way out as soon as we drafted Owen Marecic. Brilliance of the average Browns fan shining through again. You make the rest of us look bad.

    I appreciate the kind words coming from Packers fans. Gives me a little bit of confidence that Jackson can contribute… I fully expect him to be in a head to head battle for the #3 RB spot with the undrafted rookie we picked up from UTEP. I think the smaller back would be a better compliment to the hard hitting combo of Hillis and Hardesty (kakow for alliteration) but I think Jackson will get his fair shot at making the roster, and secondly will provide a little insurance in case Hardesty doesn’t make it out of the preseason again.

  21. Gregg states:

    “We’ve said it before, but it’s a good thing Hillis got on the Madden cover this year because we doubt he’ll get the ball so much again.”

    What does the Madden cover mean other than the curse? The reason why I see Hillis not getting the ball like he did last year, is with the Browns running the WCO.

    Jackson though, is a great pickup since Vickers is gone and Hardesty hasn’t gained a yard yet in the NFL.

    …..just sayin’

  22. We already have a smash-mouth RB with Mr. Madden himself, we need a quick back who can make a play by himself…(too late to get Reggie Bush) BUT first and foremost: BIGTIME WR or a BIGTIME PASS RUSHER…PLEASE!!!!!!!!

  23. It’s all about bodies filling positions. The Browns have wide receivers. They aren’t the best in the league but at least they are bodies filling the position. Running back, on the other hand, was a serious position of need. Hillis is a monster but second on the depth chart is Hardesty. The guy explodes a knee every time he turns around. Next is 2.1 yard per carry free agent Mike Bell. After him comes… Uhh…? No one. The Browns were hardly stacked at RB. Jackson fills a role for the Browns perfectly. His pass catching and blocking abilities make him the third down back that this team needed so badly. If called upon due to injuries, at least he has some starting experience even if that didn’t go so well in GB. Very good signing, perfect fit.

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