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By Mike Wilkening

Brian Mackler, the agent for restricted free-agent LB D'Qwell Jackson, told PFW that Jackson had yet to decide whether he would sign his one-year, $1.759 million tender offer by June 15. Mackler also said he would be meeting with his client next weekend to decide how to proceed with both the tender offer as well as Jackson's plans for training camp.

"We haven't decided what we're doing yet," Mackler said. "No decision has been made. D'Qwell and I are going to meet next weekend and figure it out."

Jackson, 26, is one of the Browns' five unsigned restricted free agents. Per the Collective Bargaining Agreement, the Browns can rescind the tenders to Jackson, S Abram Elam, RB Jerome Harrison, OLB Matt Roth and FB Lawrence Vickers if the players do not sign their one-year contract offers by June 15.

According to league rules, teams can pull their existing offers and instead offer unsigned restricted free agents a one-year contract for a 10 percent raise over their previous year's salary while retaining exclusive rights to the players after the June 15 deadline.  

Mackler told PFW that Jackson would not attend the club's mandatory minicamp from June 10-12.

Mackler said Jackson, who professed his wish to finish his career with the Browns in an interview with The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer in May, continues to feel the same way.

"He wants long-term security and to retire a Brown," Mackler said of Jackson.

If any of the Browns' restricted free agents miss the mandatory minicamp, they will be subject to a fine. It is not known when or whether Elam, Harrison, Roth or Vickers will sign their tenders or whether they will report to the minicamp. Harrison has participated in some OTAs after signing an injury waiver in late May.

Phone messages were left for Drew Rosenhaus, the agent for Elam, Roth and Vickers. Charles Tucker, the agent for Harrison, also could not be reached.

Mackler said Jackson is "rehabbing, training and getting ready" at IMG Academies in Bradenton, Fla. Jackson suffered a season-ending shoulder injury in October but was medically cleared in May by Dr. Frank Cordasco, who performed surgery on the shoulder after the injury, Mackler said.

 

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