Browns release LB D'Qwell Jackson

D'Qwell Jackson was released by Cleveland on Wednesday.
D'Qwell Jackson was released by Cleveland on Wednesday. (USATSI)

Almost exactly two years ago the Browns handed D'Qwell Jackson a five-year, $42.5 million extension. On Wednesday they released the inside linebacker. 

The price tag for Jackson was too high for Cleveland, with Jackson due a $4.1 million workout bonus on March 16. The two sides apparently couldn't work out a deal. 

“We had positive discussion with D’Qwell and his agent over the last several days, and we came to the mutual agreement to go in different directions," Farmer said. "D’Qwell is the epitome of class, leadership and professionalism. Every day of his NFL career, D’Qwell has been a solid representative of the Browns and the City of Cleveland, both between the lines on Sundays and off the field in our area community.

"We want to thank him for his eight years of service and wish him nothing but the best in his future endeavors."

Jackson averaged over 130 total tackles and three sacks a season over the last three years, but the Browns were continually flipping schemes, making it difficult for any defensive personnel to catch on.

He'd spent his entire eight-year career with the Browns.

"To the people of Cleveland and Browns fans everywhere: Eight years ago I began a journey that blessed me with the opportunity to be a part of a wonderful organization and community," Jackson said in a statement. "I want to take this time to thank each and every one of you for opening your arms and hearts to my family and me, and for making Cleveland an easy place to love and call home. It’s been an honor playing in front of you.

“I also would like to thank the Browns players, coaches and staff for their tireless work and commitment.  From the bottom of my heart, I thank you all and will always carry you with me."

Cleveland will save some money as a result of cutting Jackson but also will have to take on $4.2 million in dead money for 2014 as a result of the transaction.

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