After being released by the Browns on Wednesday, it appears that linebacker D’Qwell Jackson already has potential suitors lined up for 2014. Jackson has meetings with the Broncos and Titans scheduled for this weekend, reports Josh Alper of NBC Sports.
Jackson was the Browns leading tackler last season, and has been a very solid LB who is a lock for 100-plus tackles when healthy. The rebuilding Browns cut Jackson to save $5 million in cap money for this upcoming season.
Jackson wants “more stability” in his next team, and both these teams can offer that in different ways. With the Broncos, Jackson would likely replace Wesley Woodyard as middle linebacker and join Danny Trevathan as another sure-tackling LB for the Broncos defense. Denver will contend in 2014, something that has to appeal to Jackson, who has never been to the playoffs.
In Tennessee, Jackson could fit in as part of a solid, but not stellar defense. With last year’s Browns DC Ray Horton moving to the same position in Tennessee, Jackson would have familiarity with the Titans and could end up being the mic man in the middle of their LB core.
It won’t take long for Jackson to find a team for next season. As a sure tackler and veteran leader, most teams would love to have Jackson if they could get him at the right price.