On Monday, the Browns announced that LB D'Qwell Jackson has signed a multi-year contract extension with the team.
Jackson had a team-high 158 tackles for the Browns last season, a remarkable feat considering he missed 26 total games in 2009 and '10 because of pectoral injuries. He started all 16 games for Cleveland at middle linebacker and added 3½ sacks, three passes defensed and three fumbles recovered. For his efforts, he finished second in the voting for NFL Comeback Player of the Year Award behind Lions QB Matthew Stafford.
Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer reported Jackson received a five-year, $42.5 million pact with $19 million guaranteed.
The way we see it
The 28-year-old Jackson has thrived in the middle of the Browns' 4-3 scheme, which he prefers to playing inside in the 3-4 because of the superior protection from interior offensive linemen.
With Jackson re-signed, the Browns' top potential unrestricted free agents are RB Peyton Hillis and PK Phil Dawson, both of whom rank among PFW's top 100 free agents.
Jackson's re-signing leaves the Redskins' London Fletcher, the Falcons' Curtis Lofton, the Lions' Stephen Tulloch and the Seahawks' David Hawthorne as the top middle linebackers slated to become free agents.