The Cleveland Browns have decided to part ways with veteran team captain and ILB D’Qwell Jackson. Jackson spent 8 seasons with the Browns, and was viewed as a leader on and off the field. The move is based primarily because Jackson was due a roster bonus of 4.4 million dollars on March 31st, and the team was unwilling to pay the amount. The move is likely hard to swallow for fans, because Jackson was well loved in Cleveland. Further, the already concerning ILB position just became a black hole in the middle of the defense.
From Ray Farmer:
“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. 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.”
From D’Qwell Jackson:
“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. 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.
Browns players and fans took to twitter to show their love and support for D’Qwell, in some pretty heartwarming posts: