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Brandon Jackson joins the Browns

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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.

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33 Responses to “Brandon Jackson joins the Browns”
  1. boyshole25 says: Jul 28, 2011 9:03 PM

    solid all around great in pass blocking and can catch the ball. holmgren knows his stuff

  2. shadowgm1 says: Jul 28, 2011 9:04 PM

    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.!

  3. duffer58 says: Jul 28, 2011 9:04 PM

    Good luck Brandon. Us Packer fans will miss you.

  4. poiseup says: Jul 28, 2011 9:05 PM

    Good for Brandon. Would a Football expert (Deb) please explain why you would take Hillis out of the Game.

  5. teal379 says: Jul 28, 2011 9:05 PM

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

  6. medtxpack says: Jul 28, 2011 9:07 PM

    solid screen runner. should help Colt out alot.

  7. emperorzero says: Jul 28, 2011 9:07 PM

    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.

  8. rodn3y1 says: Jul 28, 2011 9:08 PM

    where do u guys think barber the barbarian will go?

  9. brawltimore says: Jul 28, 2011 9:10 PM

    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!

  10. beedubyatoo says: Jul 28, 2011 9:12 PM

    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.

  11. brownsfrown says: Jul 28, 2011 9:14 PM

    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?

  12. centexhorn says: Jul 28, 2011 9:15 PM

    Looks like they’re really working hard to give Colt some help. It’s a tough division. But I think they can surprise some people.

  13. rpiotr01 says: Jul 28, 2011 9:19 PM

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

  14. welzy says: Jul 28, 2011 9:22 PM

    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.

  15. hansenbrothers says: Jul 28, 2011 9:36 PM

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

  16. PackersHome.com says: Jul 28, 2011 9:41 PM

    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.

  17. bobnelsonjr says: Jul 28, 2011 9:44 PM

    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.

  18. bigtrav425 says: Jul 28, 2011 9:45 PM

    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?!?

  19. bensstinkyfingers says: Jul 28, 2011 9:47 PM

    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.

  20. borisbulldog says: Jul 28, 2011 9:55 PM

    Cleveland fans will love this addition

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    We’d love the addition of Clay Mathews son!

  21. berniesboys says: Jul 28, 2011 9:59 PM

    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.

  22. ohiogator says: Jul 28, 2011 10:07 PM

    Now time to sign a DL or LB! Moving to the four three w/o more bodies there might hurt.

  23. garyman1 says: Jul 28, 2011 10:10 PM

    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.

  24. goawayeverybody says: Jul 28, 2011 10:14 PM

    Brandon played his arse off. Nice to see him get paid.

  25. jazzytrav says: Jul 28, 2011 10:27 PM

    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.

  26. oldbrowndawg says: Jul 28, 2011 10:42 PM

    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!

  27. tangysizzl says: Jul 28, 2011 11:10 PM

    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.

  28. marjax says: Jul 29, 2011 1:19 AM

    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.

  29. gallogj says: Jul 29, 2011 9:44 AM

    Super Bowl!

  30. goodtimesohio says: Jul 29, 2011 12:21 PM

    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’

  31. sixaspadz says: Jul 29, 2011 4:33 PM

    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!!!!!!!!

  32. MVQB7 says: Jul 29, 2011 7:11 PM

    Nice move by Holmgren and Heckert. Now let’s for some major remodeling on defense !

  33. kingtrukr says: Jul 29, 2011 9:27 PM

    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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