If you were wondering if Browns inside linebacker D’Qwell Jackson would survive the move from Dick Jauron’s 4-3 defense to Ray Horton’s 3-4 scheme, wonder no more. Since Jackson – unlike 4-3 defensive end Frostee Rucker – remained on the roster past Wednesday, February 6th, his $3.6 million base salary is fully guaranteed for the upcoming season. If Joe Banner, Mike Lombardi and Rod Chudzinksi didn’t think Jackson would fit in Horton’s multi-front schemes, odds are he would’ve been released before Wednesday’s deadline.
Jackson, who led the AFC in tackles in 2011, was the leader of the Browns defense second leading tackler on the Browns last season (behind corner back Buster Skrine) with 63 total tackles (to go along with 55 assisted). Jackson finished the 2012 season with two fumble recoveries, two forced fumbles and two picks. His 3.5 sacks placed him fourth on the team. After missing 26 games over the 2009 and 2010 seasons, Jackson bounced back in 2011 and signed a 5 year, $42.5 million ($19 guaranteed) before last season.
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