Former Cleveland Browns linebacker D'Qwell Jackson has drawn plenty of interest from several NFL teams since he was released back on February 26th. Jackson was due to make a $4 million roster bonus in March along with a 2014 base salary of $2.6 million. Cleveland thought that was too pricey for a 30-year-old backer who had 75 tackles, 1.5 sacks, 1 INT, and 1 forced fumble last year. Thus, they let him go.
What's interesting about Indy is that Jackson, who played in a 3-4 based front in Cleveland last year, seems more suited as a MIKE in a 4-3 front. Indy runs a 3-4, but Denver, Miami, and Tennessee all run 4-3 fronts.
There's no question that, even though Jackson is not an ideal 3-4 inside linebacker, he is an upgrade over former starter Pat Angerer. Jackson spent eight years with the Browns and never once played in a playoff game. After being released, he told Northeast Ohio Media Group that he's now looking for a team with "a little bit more stability and a situation that’s a little bit better for me."
Jackson was considered a leader in the Cleveland locker room last year, which was coached by Rob Chudzinski before he was fired following the 2013 season. Chudzinski is now a "special assistant to the head coach" for Chuck Pagano and the Colts. Chudzinski's presence in the Indy coaching staff likely is a factor in Jackson having interest in the Colts.
That, and the fact that the Colts have roughly $42 million in salary cap space and a massive roster hole at one of their inside linebacker positions.