Former Terps LB D'Qwell Jackson agrees to five-year deal with Browns

The Baltimore Sun

The man who finished last season as the AFC’s leading tackler looks like he’s going to finish out his February on a similarly high note.

Former Maryland star linebacker D’Qwell Jackson reportedly has agreed to a five-year deal worth $42.5 million, according to The (Cleveland) Plain-Dealer. That’s not close to the $10.5 million Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs makes annually, but it’s a nice chunk of change nonetheless.

It’s also quite the reversal of fortune for the six-year NFL veteran. A year ago, he was on the mend after a second straight pectoral injury ended his 2010 season before it ever began. Sixteen games and 158 tackles later – a total that trailed only Redskins linebacker London Fletcher (166) – Jackson was in the Browns’ crosshairs again.

He’s the first of what will be a few former stars who wore the Maryland red and white to see green this offseason. Vikings linebackerE.J. Henderson, who has racked up a combined 215 tackles the past two seasons, is set to be a free agent this offseason. So, too, is brother Erin, who moved into a part-time starting role in Minnesota last year after three seasons with the team.

There’s no word on whether Jackson plans to donate any of his millions to save Maryland’s at-risk sports teams (or football team, for that matter), but, as always, we’ll keep you updated.

Jonas Shaffer is a sports reporting intern at The Baltimore Sun. The senior journalism major at the University of Maryland also serves as sports editor of The Diamondback. Contact him at and follow him at

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