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Browns Sign LB D’Qwell Jackson to a Multi-Year Deal

With news that parties representing the Cleveland Browns and linebacker D”Qwell Jackson spent a portion of the past weekend discussing contracts, it comes as good news that the two sides have officially come to a multi-year agreement. The contract is said to be five years and will pay the player $42.5 million with $19 million guaranteed.

Jackson, who led the AFC with 158 tackles while setting a career-high in sacks with 3.5, had reportedly desired to not only sign a multi-year contract with the team but retire as a member of the Cleveland Browns. He had missed considerable time with two different pectoral injuries, but surpassed all expectations in 2011 by starting all 16 games at middle linebacker, finishing second in voting for NFL Comeback Player of the Year.

The team had been reportedly willing to use the franchise tag on the veteran linebacker, but can now consider reallocating it to either placekicker Phil Dawson or running back Peyton Hillis.

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  • TSR3000

    Sweet. Now tag Hillis and sign Meachem and some OL depth. Leaving us free to entertain all kinds of draft day options.

  • The_Matt_Of_Akron

    How much would it cost to franchise Hillis?

  • The_Matt_Of_Akron

    Excuse the anthimeria, I know how some of you hate it.

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    Yea franchising Hillis would make the most sense now.  Not sure on Meachem I think they can do alot better for FA WR.

  • mgbode
  • mgbode

    good news.  1 more FA down.   let’s get Hillis and Dawson locked up before FA begins so we can focus on adding talent instead of worrying about losing what little we have.

  • I’m happy for DQ and I wanted him back, but I honestly don’t know if the Browns might have overpaid for a non-superstar player. DQ is a nice player and I like him, but you know… He isn’t Ray Lewis either.

  • mgbode

    not sure.  how much of the above numbers are based in incentives?  and how much is truly guaranteed (see Kolb deal numbers that were reported vs. actual)

  •  Also, where is the money paid in that contract. The Browns may be able to get out of it after two years without taking much of a hit.

  • TSR3000

    Agree we can do better. Just being realistic. How often we land the Desean and Vincent Jackson’s of the world?

  • TSR3000

    I hope (and assume) most of the “hit” is from the bonus. We won’t pay very much once we release him in 3-4 years.

  • floydrubino

    We should just use the tag on hillis and run him into the ground this year. He only has a couple years left so give him 300 touches minimum and franchise him. Try to get a deal done after this year because think about how much his popularity will drop in another year after the madden cover. Why buy high on hillis when we don’t have to. 

  • TSR3000

    Agreed. Make him earn his payday. 2011 was an “INC” grade if you ask me.

  • 216in614

    Until they start winning all Cleveland teams are going to have to overpay to keep people around sadly. Free Agency and Cleveland sports teams never are a good thing.

  • Harv 21

    – on a human level, nice that a guy who works this hard and seems well-respected will have guaranteed money for when his body rebels from all those collisions a few years after retirement.

    – Like Craig, I also worry the Browns got a little sentimental and overpaid. Though to be fair, Heckert seems more clear-eyed than Savage with extensions.

    – If they tag Hillis, I wonder if he’ll go into another self-destructive pout. His hiring and firing 3 agents in a year say he wants his guaranteed money now, not 1 year at market price while he risks a big injury. Of course, they could just threaten that to get him at a favorable multi-year, and then franchise Dawson again.

  • mgbode

    “run him into the ground”

    based on 2011 that will take 1 week

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    Never but I wasn’t looking at either especially Jackson.  I am an Early Doucet, Cardinals, fan and he shouldn’t cost as much as the previous two.  I also like Steve Johnson from Buffa-lo and Mario Manningham of the SB champs.  There are a ton of FA WRs tho so many that drafting one wouldn’t be needed if I were GM.

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    The Browns can afford it one of the ex-head coaches should be finally paid off use that $$$!   😉

  • 216in614

    I think this is the year to rip the Dawson bandaid off. We have to find a new kicker sometime and we don’t want that to be in 2013 when we are in the hunt for the playoffs.

    Tagging Hillis would be the best for the team. I don’t want to give him anything more than 1 year guaranteed but I don’t want to let him walk either. 

  • Natedawg86

    May have overpaid a little, but put the message out that you play hard, produce results, and you will get PAID.  Will not be happy when they release Hillis, but sometimes you just have to send a message.

  • Natedawg86

    Gonna miss CPT Clutch, but I agree.  Time to start over and let him go.  I think with the rules change on kickoffs, you can focus more on a guy that is better at FGs than kickoffs since they don’t have to go as far on KO now.

  • Scooter

    I understand he isn’t Ray Lewis, but who else is?  He led the AFC in tackles and if I’m not mistaken, it’s not the first time he’s done that…what does a guy have to do to be re-signed on your teams if you all are GM’s?

  • Jaker

    love it