D’Qwell Jackson ‘shocked’ if he’s not with Browns in 2014

“I don’t even like talking about it. I know it’s a business and things change all the time, but as far as I’m concerned I haven’t thought about that one time. I feel good in my position where I am. From what I know, I’m part of the plans, I’ll be here next year.”

“Now I’m stuck to Cleveland. It’s going to be hard to go somewhere else and play. I know it’s the nature of the business, things may change and I’m fully aware of that. Right now, I’m a Cleveland Brown through and through.”

— Browns linebacker D’Qwell Jackson, to the Plain Dealer’s Mary Kay Cabot, on his future status with the organization. The 30-year-old has a major $4.1 million roster bonus due in March, but would feel “absolutely shocked” if he’s not with the team in 2014, per Cabot.

Jackson’s overall cap hit for next year is $8.1 million. He signed a five-year extension through 2016 that included $19 million guarantees and bonuses. Cabot reports that Jackson’s camp currently is not expecting Cleveland to ask to restructure his contract.

This season, as seemingly always, the Maryland product leads the Browns in tackles with 134. He has played in all but one defensive snap this season for new defensive coordinator Ray Horton, who called Jackson “coach’s dream as far as leadership, intelligence.”

The Browns also will have key offseason decisions to make on All-Pro center Alex Mack and alternate safety T.J. Ward. Jackson, as a beloved team captain, likely should remain in town despite some of the ongoing rumors.

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  • @TheDeePagel

    As a fan you don’t get to witness the leadership and locker room aspect of it, so I am ignorant on that front, but I do get to witness the on field stuff during games and while DQ leads the team in tackles, he just isn’t a major force out there. I’ve said for years that most of his tackles end up with him on his back instead of driving the ball carrier onto their back. I prefer a linebacker with more power than DQ displays.

  • D’QWeLL

    I STRONGLY disagree with this. It seems every play that D’Qwell is barreling in on a play to give a punishing tackle. He seems to lower his head and missile in there most of the time, which isn’t always the best approach, but it works for him.

    Now I understand saying that about Andra Davis and some of the other linebackers we’ve had, but D’Qwell really doesn’t fit that mold.

  • @TheDeePagel

    I wish we watched the same games…lol.

  • whosevelt

    Varejao, Jackson, Cribbs, Visquel, Ilgauskas – as Cleveland fans we must learn to get our sports joy from the classy, consistent, blue collar vets rather than victories or superstars.