Linebacker D’Qwell Jackson, one of the Browns’ biggest restricted free agents, has already made it clear that he will be skipping the voluntary organized team activities, which start on Monday. Jackson, who in 2008 led the team with 188 tackles, has been out since October after undergoing torn pectoral surgery.
He has been vocal about getting a new contract for two years now, so it doesn’t come as any surprise that he will be skipping the OTAs. It also wouldn’t come as a surprise to see the Browns let go of Jackson, either. I wouldn’t necessarily say the linebacker position is all that deep, because it’s not exactly all that great, but the Browns do utilize many players to fill those positions and, at some point, the team will find a rotation that will work.
The longer that D’Qwell Jackson sits out, the more exposure it gives to the untested linebackers and the more time it gives the front office to feel comfortable with what it has going forward. Plus, there’ s nowhere for this defense to really go but up, and Jackson doesn’t exactly make the defense unstoppable when he is playing. Jackson is probably asking for much more than he is worth, but re-signing him to a more reasonable contract would make sense. Eventually though, the team, and most definitely the fans, will get tired of a hold-out like Jackson.