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.
Since then, Jackson has had visits with the Broncos, Dolphins, and Titans. Now, according to Jason LaCanfora of CBS Sports, the Colts are next on his list of suitors.
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.