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Cleveland Browns LB D'Qwell Jackson signs his one-year tender

Published: Monday, June 14, 2010, 1:46 PM     Updated: Monday, June 14, 2010, 2:11 PM
d'qwell jackson.jpgBrowns linebacker D'Qwell Jackson signed his one-year tender offer of $1.759 million today.

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Browns linebacker D'Qwell Jackson signed his one-year tender today, his agent Brian Mackler told the Plain Dealer.

"D'Qwell was ready to get on with the season and let his play dictate his value,'' said Mackler. "D'Qwell is healthy and looking forward to having a Pro Bowl-caliber season. He feels the defense has a chance to be really good this season and he's excited to get back on the field.''

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Jackson's second-round tender was worth $1.759 million. He and the other restricted free agents received a letter from the Browns saying they would reduce the offers to 10% above their 2009 base salary if they didn't sign them by tonight's 11:59 p.m deadline. Jackson and three of the others stood to lose $1 million each by not signing.

"We made the decision independently to do this,'' said Mackler. "We don't know what the others have decided. The Browns have the tender.''

Jackson left this morning for Africa, where he's helping a friend open a school for underprivileged children. He'll be back in two weeks and ready for training camp at the end of July.

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bongodog June 14, 2010 at 2:00PM

I guess he explored his "options".

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pfbrn June 14, 2010 at 2:03PM

watch he'll get eaten by a lion in africa

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sanitypolice June 14, 2010 at 2:53PM

Made me laugh out loud with that one. OIC...

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liferpart2 June 14, 2010 at 3:46PM

Not before being dragged at least 5 yards backward

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puffdamagicd June 14, 2010 at 2:03PM

"Made this decision independently"??? LOL, it was a no-brainer! Sign the tender and make more money or don't sign it and make less money...hmmm, wonder what I would do in that situation. If the other RFAs have an ounce of sense they'll be signing today as well. I understand players wanting more money but given the constraints of the system in place this is what the market bears for them. Here's hoping Jackson has a Pro Bowl caliber season, the defense will need it!

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64andwaiting June 14, 2010 at 2:06PM

Great! Lets get this thing moving so we can try to put together 7 wins this year.

Cleveland Rocks~

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lordljv June 14, 2010 at 2:06PM

What a shock...you mean all of the hold-outs meant nothing? Everyone of them will sign aside from possibly Roth....from what I have seen and read he is a first class tool-bag. All of the others will sign for their paltry almost 2 million dollar paycheck and hope for the best whether it's an extension from the Browns this season or free agency the next.

This whole thing reminds me of Ocho Cinco last year. Ocho - "I want to be traded", Cincy - "No", Ocho - "Okay, figured it was worth a shot"

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tsbuoy June 14, 2010 at 2:07PM

"He feels the defense has a chance to be really good this season and he's excited to get back on the field... (before the browns figure out that they can be good without *him*)"

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JoeyThomas73 June 14, 2010 at 2:11PM

Hope they will all sign today, including Roth and show what they're worth with a real secondary (hopefully) on this defense. I know Roth is being a d-bag but his pass rushing pressure was impressive last year and I'm not sure we have someone else on this roster that can step in and make the same kind of impact. That said, he's really gotta sign or sit....so I think they'll all sign.

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54chevyman June 14, 2010 at 2:20PM

Comments are like opinions everybody has one. This guys is a good maybe great player. Heart and desire may overcome outright size and make him a premier linebacker this season and beyond. He accepted his offer and is doing something great as well for his friend in the league. Those are all positives so why the negativity. Baseball players get 25 mill per year and they are clearly privileged over paid in most cases jerks! This guy plays the toughest position with exception of Vickers and Harrison and yet the fans turn on him at the drop of a hat. Good Luck Jackson! Go Browns! PS Thanks for not picking Drew Rosyass for an agent! Go Browns!

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tsbuoy June 15, 2010 at 2:30AM

saying that the defense can be good without jackson does not mean he doesn't have talent; but we have sufficient depth at LB that we can put a good defense without jackson.

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danz June 14, 2010 at 2:25PM

They ALL will indeed sign today! Just watch. They have nothing to gain and everything to lose if they don't. Their protest was / is to wait til the last minute to do so.
What they got by delaying was some additional vacation time from Camp Mangini, but it may cost some of them their starting spots.......

After they all sign - Only concern left is an unhappy Dawson. Work with him Holmy........

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uncleclem June 14, 2010 at 2:25PM

D'Qwell played his hand out. He didn't want to take a bad beat so he signed. It's just the politics of football in 2010.

Hope he sees what is really important while he's in Africa. Might put things in perspective for him. I doubt it, but it might.

Glad to have you in the fold, DQ. Now play like you are really as good as you think you are.

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cleveland78 June 14, 2010 at 2:30PM

Welcome back, DQ. Pay no attention to the pack of rabid, amateur Defensive Coordinators here that will dismiss your talent and skill.

Let's win some football games.

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Dr Brown June 14, 2010 at 2:39PM

wow, lots of hate for roth here.

you haters need an education. none of the tendered rfa's are "holdouts." none are under contract until they sign their tenders, and the deadline to sign is today.

contrast that to cribbs' situation back in january. he still had THREE YEARS left on his contract. he threatened to be a genuine holdout, and also said he waited to be traded. holmgren was able to fix that problem, even though he "hadn't seen" cribbs play.

were all of you roth haters hating cribbs, too, before holmgren pacified him?

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