Originally posted on Waiting For Next Year  |  Last updated 2/27/12

With news that parties representing the Cleveland Browns and linebacker D”Qwell Jackson spent a portion of the past weekend discussing contracts, it comes as good news that the two sides have officially come to a multi-year agreement. The contract is said to be five years and will pay the player $42.5 million with $19 million guaranteed.

Jackson, who led the AFC with 158 tackles while setting a career-high in sacks with 3.5, had reportedly desired to not only sign a multi-year contract with the team but retire as a member of the Cleveland Browns. He had missed considerable time with two different pectoral injuries, but surpassed all expectations in 2011 by starting all 16 games at middle linebacker, finishing second in voting for NFL Comeback Player of the Year.

The team had been reportedly willing to use the franchise tag on the veteran linebacker, but can now consider reallocating it to either placekicker Phil Dawson or running back Peyton Hillis.

[Related: NFL Draft: Bullet point thoughts on RG3 and the Browns]

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