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Report: D'Qwell Jackson gets $42.5 mil extension

Posted on: February 27, 2012 2:11 pm
Edited on: February 27, 2012 2:15 pm
Jackson wanted a five-year extension, and that's exactly what he got. (US Presswire)
By Josh Katzowitz

D’Qwell Jackson was one of the best comeback stories of 2011. Though Matthew Stafford took home the AP comeback player of the year award, Jackson was as good a candidate for that honor as anybody.

After missing two seasons because of pectoral injuries, Jackson returned as a force in 2011, leading the AFC with 158 tackles (second-best in the NFL), recording a career-high 3.5 sacks and recovering three fumbles (tied for best in the AFC)*.

Now, the Browns are rewarding him, as they’ve announced they’ve signed him to a multiyear contract extension. According to the Cleveland Plain Dealer, the deal is for five years and $42.5 million (including $19 million in guarantees and bonuses).

*Obviously, the hyperbaric chamber he loves so much was one reason he was so successful. At least in his mind.

The news obviously is great for Jackson, who wanted a five-year extension, but it’s also a positive step for the Browns, who were thinking about placing the franchise tag on Jackson at about $8.8 million for 2012.

As the Plain Dealer wrote earlier this month, the Browns also were thinking about tagging kicker Phil Dawson. That would cost them about $3.8 million since they also tagged him last season. Running back Peyton Hillis also remains an option to be tagged.

"Do I want to be back? This is where I started," Jackson told the paper in mid-February. "That's not even an afterthought to me. Yes, I want to be with the Browns, no question about it. I'm here in this locker room and I like the guys I'm playing with right now. That's all that matters."

"They indicated they wanted me back when they gave me an opportunity to come back after an injury; that was enough for me. That told me that they wanted me back. I was out for 26 games and they could've easily gone in a different direction, but they didn't. I owe it to them in a sense."

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Since: Aug 25, 2011
Posted on: February 27, 2012 4:07 pm

Report: D'Qwell Jackson gets $42.5 mil extension

D'Quell:  you are the man because none of the "posing" and whining and crying like Lequit and all his posse.....

Since: Mar 17, 2009
Posted on: February 27, 2012 3:38 pm

Report: D'Qwell Jackson gets $42.5 mil extension

Oxygen treatments are the future for all athletes and patients recovering from illness and surgery.

Since: Dec 22, 2006
Posted on: February 27, 2012 3:32 pm

Report: D'Qwell Jackson gets $42.5 mil extension

Don't tag Hillis. There's no excuse for his pouting last year and he can't be trusted. If we still want a big back, we can give Oakland's Michael Bush an opportunity to finally be "the man." He would be cheaper too.

Since: Jan 29, 2009
Posted on: February 27, 2012 3:18 pm

Report: D'Qwell Jackson gets $42.5 mil extension

This is a huge contract for Jackson but when healthy he is a leader on the defense and a great middle linebacker.  The Browns need to make sure to lock up all their productive starters.  With a young defensive line and now 2 of the 3 linebackers locked up the Browns front 7 should be very good for a while. 

Now it's time for Cleveland to figure out their franchise quarterback and they need to find some offensive weapons!

Since: Aug 1, 2010
Posted on: February 27, 2012 3:11 pm

Report: D'Qwell Jackson gets $42.5 mil extension

Good for Jackson! Hope the Browns don't put the "Tag" on Hillis. I want him back in Denver. By the way, you can have Quinn back.

Since: Jul 26, 2009
Posted on: February 27, 2012 2:52 pm

Report: D'Qwell Jackson gets $42.5 mil extension

Good siging he is a mobile and versatile LB that will add leadership to the team.

Since: Feb 20, 2007
Posted on: February 27, 2012 2:50 pm

Report: D'Qwell Jackson gets $42.5 mil extension

Solid move by the Browns. As long as DQ remains healthy he's one of the bright spots to this team and his veteran leadership will be important to a young defense that was much improved last year.

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