Browns parting ways with D’Qwell Jackson


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.

63 responses to “Browns parting ways with D’Qwell Jackson

  1. 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!

  2. “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.

  3. 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

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

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

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

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

  9. 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!

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

    Good times.


  11. 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.

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

  13. 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!!

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

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

  20. 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.

  21. 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.

  22. ““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.

  23. 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.

  24. 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.

  25. 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.

  26. 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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