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Free agent LB D'Qwell Jackson sets up visits with Titans, Broncos

D'Qwell Jackson was let go in Cleveland but is drawing lots of interest. (USATSI)
D'Qwell Jackson was let go in Cleveland but is drawing lots of interest. (USATSI)

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Former Browns linebacker D'Qwell Jackson has already scheduled free agent visits to the Titans and Broncos, according to a source with knowledge of the situation.

Jackson, who spent his entire career in Cleveland as a former second-round pick, was let go before the Browns had to pay him a $4.8 million roster bonus. Sources said seven teams contacted him upon his release, with AFC champion Denver among them. Jackson began his travels on Thursday.

It is believed Jackson's first visit will be with the Titans. The Broncos have former Browns general manager Tom Heckert on staff and has an acute need at inside linebacker with its top linebackers both unrestricted free agents. The Titans have a need as well and have former Browns defensive coordinator Ray Horton on staff.

Several other teams are hoping to line up time with Jackson, and the Browns served him well by releasing him so soon before the March 11 start of free agency. Jackson is beloved by his teammates and a tackling machine. Some scouts believe he has slowed down, but, with so much interest, he could end up earning around the $8 million in total compensation he was set to get from Cleveland this season.

The Vikings are among the other teams interested, sources said, and they may have a visit set up for next week.

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