D’Qwell Jackson follows Chud, T-Rich to Indianapolis Colts

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The Browns were kind to give D’Qwell Jackson a chance to sell himself around the NFL and make the best choice for himself. As it turns out, the best choice was in Indianapolis where Jackson is reported to be pulling a 4-year deal worth $22 million ($11 million guaranteed) with the Colts. Jackson follows former teammate Trent Richardson, who was traded this past season, and former head coach Rob Chudzinski who was hired as an assistant to the head coach after being fired by the Browns following the conclusion of the 2013 season. That’s a whole lot of Browns connections in the Indianapolis Colts for a house like mine where my wife is a Colts fan.

The Jackson move comes on the heels of a PFT report that the Colts had no intention of resigning oft-injured linebacker Pat Angerer. Angerer has shown tons of potential over the years, but between foot surgeries and the knee surgery he’s rehabbing now, it’s a story of injuries.

D’Qwell Jackson’s career was once thought to be something of a lost cause due to pectoral injuries that saw him play only six games over a two-year period from 2009 to 2010. Jackson’s seemingly on the other side of that storyline now. He’s played reasonably well the last two three years as he’s played all 16 games per season since 2011.

I obviously wish D’Qwell Jackson well, but I still wonder if he’s the answer for any NFL defense that aspires to be truly great. As productive as Jackson is and as good as he is as a leader, I still wonder if he’s good enough at such an important position on the field to truly raise the level of a team’s defense to a championship level.

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(Image via Candice Vlcek/WFNY)

  • http://www.crowdfundinsider.com/ Charles Luzar

    Recipe for success: Scoop up ALL the Browns retreads.

  • mgbode

    he already had a “never-will-be” from our team so he needed to get a “has-been”.

    still, a long way to go in order to catch up to the 49ers in terms of most ex-Browns (players, coaches, FO). I think the key here is to not rely on these ex-Browns for anything other than depth.

  • Natedawg86

    Think the browns will get Byrd and/or try to get Witmer?

  • Hopwin

    Every time I see that picture I can’t help but think our defense might have been better had we not been hula-hooping in practice.

  • mgbode

    I am still hoping against hope that we find a way to get Ward & Byrd. But, it’s still possible/probably that we don’t get either. Whitner doesn’t do much for me at SS.

    I’d love to go get Champ Bailey as FS, but I firmly believe he’ll have a select few teams he will even talk to and they will all be obvious SB contenders.

  • RGB

    Phil Dawson is a free agent…

  • cbrockman9

    Good for D’Qwell. Bad for the Colts.