The annual Scouting Combine and Free Agent Meat Market has produced another new contract.
Browns linebacker D’Qwell Jackson, who should have been the 2011 Comeback Player of the Year under the usual definition of the term, will be coming back to the Browns next season, and presumably beyond.
The Browns have announced that the team has finalized an extension with Jackson. A press conference will be held at 3:00 p.m. ET on Monday.
Jackson started 16 games in 2011. He missed 10 games in 2009 with a torn right pectoral muscle and all of 2010 with a torn pec on the left side. The Browns would have used the franchise tag on Jackson, absent a new deal. Now, the Browns can use the tag on someone else. Candidates include running back Peyton Hillis and kicker Phil Dawson.
UPDATE 2:10 p.m. ET: Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that it’s a five-year, $42.5 million deal with $19 million in “guaranteed money and roster bonuses.” We’ll decipher that once we get a look at the full deal, which surely will contain protections for the Browns in light of his injury history.