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Browns parting ways with D’Qwell Jackson

D'Qwell Jackson, Joe Haden, Mike Wallace AP

The Browns have made the first big transaction of the Ray Farmer era, releasing veteran linebacker D’Qwell Jackson.

It was a fairly easy-to-see move, considering he had a $4 million roster bonus coming up next month, and a $2.6 million base salary for the 30-year-old linebacker. But the Browns were in excellent shape cap-wise, so they didn’t have to do it for financial reasons.

“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,” Farmer said in a statement. “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.”

The former second-rounder started 96 games in eight seasons for the Browns.

“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,” Jackson said. “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 is still playing a level sufficient to believe he can find work soon, even if not at the rate the Browns were prepared to pay him.

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63 Responses to “Browns parting ways with D’Qwell Jackson”
  1. imbetteratlifethanyou says: Feb 26, 2014 3:41 PM

    Seems like a classy guy – the anti viking if you will.

  2. 8to80texansblog says: Feb 26, 2014 3:42 PM

    He’ll be unemployed for 1 day….

    One of the best MLBs in football.

  3. dawgpoundjedi says: Feb 26, 2014 3:43 PM

    I understand that he wasn’t worth what he was asking for, from the sounds of things… but in terms of leadership, this may have been a move they shouldn’t have made (releasing him) – especially considering all the cap space we have available to us.

    Best of luck to D’Qwell… he was a really good guy and a very solid player. Here’s hoping he catches on somewhere else soon and keeps playing at a high level!

  4. rcali says: Feb 26, 2014 3:44 PM

    “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”

    Yep, the owner doesn’t want one of these guys around. definitely clashes with his business practices.

  5. jjboogie2011 says: Feb 26, 2014 3:45 PM

    underrated player who’d get more hype playing for a better team on a defense that didn’t have so many holes most of his years…he’ll be a good addition to a contender looking to add a solid LB

  6. whosgotitbetterthanruss says: Feb 26, 2014 3:46 PM

    I think this dude has great talent. Kind of gets lost amid all of the Browns’ failures as a franchise.

    Sign him. He’s worth it.

  7. jgd3rd says: Feb 26, 2014 3:46 PM

    An impressive farewell…best of luck D’QJ.

  8. sargebkm says: Feb 26, 2014 3:47 PM

    While i suspected this might happen, i hate the business of football. D’Quell will always be a Brown!!

  9. officialgame says: Feb 26, 2014 3:47 PM

    Should have said:
    “Unlike us D’Qwell is the epitome of class, leadership and professionalism”.

  10. antalicus says: Feb 26, 2014 3:50 PM

    The Vikings better pick this guy up.

  11. DaveKShape says: Feb 26, 2014 3:50 PM

    Please come to the Skins and pick up with London Fletcher left off. Perfect fit and just the kind of player we need.

  12. joemammy says: Feb 26, 2014 3:52 PM

    DQ always gave 100 percent. Class act, on and off the field.

    Sorry they didn’t win for you, Brother.

  13. nviverson says: Feb 26, 2014 3:52 PM

    I don’t like this move simply because I love Dqwell. However, this is a good move for Cleveland moving forward in the (yet again) rebuilding process.

  14. callahan9119 says: Feb 26, 2014 3:52 PM

    Why are we getting rid of our only linebacker capable of actually playing linebacker…

  15. theboneski3 says: Feb 26, 2014 3:52 PM

    Re-sign perry riley and sign this man! HTTR!

    Gimme those thumbs down, Commodus!!

  16. kosarkid says: Feb 26, 2014 3:53 PM

    We’ll miss you D’Qwell. I was glad for you when you got the contract but also knew it’d end up costing you your job here at some point. I hope you get to join a contender and get into the playoffs like Phil Dawson did.

  17. doctorrustbelt says: Feb 26, 2014 3:53 PM

    Is Akili Quinn available?!?

  18. sdeweese18 says: Feb 26, 2014 3:53 PM

    Great fit for the Ravens if they’re not able to resign Daryl Smith.

  19. jbaxt says: Feb 26, 2014 3:53 PM

    Lucky for him, the Browns are historically horrible.

  20. mrstinkypants says: Feb 26, 2014 3:54 PM

    The Factory of Sadness just can’t get it right.

  21. buffalotom says: Feb 26, 2014 3:56 PM

    Come on over to Buffalo!

  22. blackandbluedivision says: Feb 26, 2014 3:58 PM

    I know we’re trying to draft young on defense. But, the Bears could definitely use this guy to anchor this defense.

  23. crownofthehelmet says: Feb 26, 2014 3:58 PM

    Wow, very nice speech. How isn’t this guy a bitter looser after spending 8 years on that team. Go get him Colbert.

  24. green41563 says: Feb 26, 2014 3:59 PM

    Anything left in the tank?

    Up for yes, down for no.

  25. bryce57 says: Feb 26, 2014 4:00 PM

    So just like Phil Dawson I hope he will go to a contender so he may have a chance at a ring. He is a classy guy.

  26. realdealsteel says: Feb 26, 2014 4:02 PM

    This will be a quality pickup for someone.

  27. dumbpollack says: Feb 26, 2014 4:03 PM

    The Ravens will pick him up and he’ll kick out ass twice a year. It’s like a nightmare that just keeps getting worse. Now we have nobody to play inside LB. Perfect!

  28. doctorrustbelt says: Feb 26, 2014 4:03 PM

    Remember when the Colts packed up and left baltimore in the middle of the night?!?

    Good times.

    LOL!!!

  29. jnbnet says: Feb 26, 2014 4:03 PM

    Looks like a good fit with the Patriots

  30. djshnooks says: Feb 26, 2014 4:04 PM

    Looks like Pettine is bringing along a MLB who he has worked with before.

    Just can’t think of who that would be? Clearly not Lewis, Scott or Alonso…maybe Moats (definitely not an upgrade), or maybe someone from the Jets? I could see them going with Mosley or Mack…if not Borland or Bullough later on. Pettine guys.

  31. 95glloyd says: Feb 26, 2014 4:04 PM

    Steelers need to get him.

  32. lionboy23 says: Feb 26, 2014 4:05 PM

    I’m a Lions fan, and I’m actually feeling sorry for Browns fans. It seems like this team’s management is absolutely clueless.

  33. nickinneohio says: Feb 26, 2014 4:05 PM

    DQs greatest asset was between his ears. He called all the Defensive signals. Was the QB of the D. Probably led the league in tackles downfield though. A true overachiever at his size but, was never a force at the line of scrimmage or in coverage. All 683 defensive coaches and 18 general managers in the last 8 years loved him though!!

  34. spliff219 says: Feb 26, 2014 4:06 PM

    blackandbluedivision. Your right on the money. This guy would be perfect for the bears. Get on it Phil

  35. samoanjungle says: Feb 26, 2014 4:08 PM

    Well welcome to the Cincinnati Bengals D’Qwell!

  36. clownsfan says: Feb 26, 2014 4:09 PM

    My guess is they asked to take a pay cut. He said no, as he should’ve, and they cut him.

  37. buddysguys says: Feb 26, 2014 4:13 PM

    he would look nice next to Kiko….Brandon Spikes would look even better.

  38. sketchydave says: Feb 26, 2014 4:16 PM

    Nfl is amazing, medical science has guys in the Mma being freakish athletes and at 30 the NFl in 2014 considers 30 old. Really.

    Hey the guys are proven at 30 and smarter slightly slower give or take? But damn they are better than some unproven.

  39. bitw44 says: Feb 26, 2014 4:18 PM

    Dont really see the need to cut him. They are 35 million under the cap, and were already in the market for an ILB. Now they need 2. Plus he was a leader.

  40. ctownpound1977 says: Feb 26, 2014 4:21 PM

    You guys who don’t watch Browns game act like this guy is Dick Butkus. He is a nice guy good leader, but average. He is strictly a 4-3 mlb. Doesn’t make plays in the backfield, a lot of tackles 5 yards down the field, don’t be fooled by stats. No way you pay this guy 7mil. Decent pick up for a 4-3 team.

  41. oldcracker says: Feb 26, 2014 4:21 PM

    A real class act, and a real leader. I hope the Browns can find a coaching position for him after his playing days are done.

    Some people are just natural leaders, D’Qwell is one.

  42. slowclyde86 says: Feb 26, 2014 4:21 PM

    While I do think he is one of the classiest players in the league, he was simply not close to being worth what his contract called for. Made a lot of tackles and stayed healthy after his early troubles, but very few big plays and limited upside. It was the right move, though I am sorry to see him go.

  43. meatcarroll says: Feb 26, 2014 4:22 PM

    LITERALLY named D’Qwell.

  44. bucketman9 says: Feb 26, 2014 4:23 PM

    I’d like to see him come to Green Bay and win a Super Bowl. That Defense needs a leader in the middle.

  45. kcporkchop says: Feb 26, 2014 4:25 PM

    I hate to be the party pooper here, but while he once was one of the best LB in all of the NFL his play has really fallen off the past two seasons. In 2012 Pro Football Focus had him rated as the #41 ILB in the NFL with a -8.6 overall rating and last season he finished #42 among ILB with an overall rating of -11.6. In fact, he was rated the 7th worst ILB against the run in all the NFL last year.

    I get that he’s a name and was once great, but I’ll let your team sign him on name recognition and hope my Chiefs are smarter than that.

  46. seatownballers says: Feb 26, 2014 4:25 PM

    Oakland is gonna pay you anything you want.

  47. tanstewie says: Feb 26, 2014 4:31 PM

    100+ tackles a year…DOWNFIELD!!! Never filled the hole or made impact stops. Great cut!!!

  48. Ed Bandell says: Feb 26, 2014 4:32 PM

    I think he’d be good for the Ravens even if we get Daryl Smith back. We don’t really have another complete package inside linebacker to play along side of Smith in our 3-4 alignment.

    We have McClain who is a run stopper, but can’t cover, and then we have Bynes who is weak against the run but is a cover guy…and to me, isn’t all that great in that area either. McClain is also going to cost almost as much as what D’Qwell would have gotten in Cleveland this year.

    Get him on a decent contract and Daryl Smith…that’s a good ILB combo.

  49. ✦ Pittsburgh is the City of Champions ✦ says: Feb 26, 2014 4:33 PM

    Best player they had.

  50. haytammy says: Feb 26, 2014 4:34 PM

    Get him Washington!

  51. salsendardo says: Feb 26, 2014 4:38 PM

    Wrong side of 30. Great professional. Above average player.

  52. drsummeroff says: Feb 26, 2014 4:39 PM

    ““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.”

    —–YAWN….Blah blah blah. If he was all those things and you have all that cap room, then he wouldn’t have been cut. Someone needs to just shush these GM’s and Team Spokespeople. It’s all just so boring now hearing the same old talking points.

  53. freepretzels says: Feb 26, 2014 4:39 PM

    No where to go but up.

  54. cguy7 says: Feb 26, 2014 4:44 PM

    Thanks for being a class act and a true leader. He should be hired to teach the Rookie Symposium every year on how to be a true professional. Thanks D’Qwell. All time Brown.

  55. thevikesarebest says: Feb 26, 2014 4:44 PM

    His thoughts:” I felt like I was in prison all these years,it sucked.”now he can join my Vikings next season and win a ring.SKOL

  56. franklinstking says: Feb 26, 2014 4:45 PM

    Wish him the best, but everyone saw this coming. A steady grinder and a leader. Be worried if they don’t keep Mack or Ward!

  57. weepingjebus says: Feb 26, 2014 4:47 PM

    It’s Patriots time. Lombardi was probably reading this guy’s resume.

  58. SmashMouthFootball says: Feb 26, 2014 4:48 PM

    Probably said if you want me to stay here and always suck you gotta triple my salary. Next report, Browns parting ways with Josh Gordon.

  59. iseek11 says: Feb 26, 2014 6:08 PM

    Come to Denver. Perfect fit for both. MLB is big hole in our D.

  60. mudmandenny says: Feb 26, 2014 6:11 PM

    There is not now, nor has there ever been an I in Jackson. He is the consummate professional. Good luck in the future D`Quell.

  61. bobsnygiants says: Feb 26, 2014 6:49 PM

    NE PATRIOTS

  62. urbusted2 says: Feb 26, 2014 7:01 PM

    Class act!

  63. mrfrostyj says: Feb 27, 2014 1:37 PM

    Definitely a future ring of famer for Cleveland and one of many names that counters the idea that “Cleveland can’t draft”.

    This is how player/team relationships should end (mutually and with respect). Certainly doesn’t go along with the idea the media has given that Cleveland is a madhouse that no one wants to be in. He’ll be a great pickup for a team in desperate need of defensive help unless he decides to take a backseat to go to a Superbowl contender.

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