Dec 8, 2013; Foxborough, MA, USA; Cleveland Browns linebacker D

Chiefs Free Agent Watch 2014: D'Qwell Jackson a Fit for Kansas City?

As teams continue to cut players in advance of the March 11 deadline in an effort to create space to sign better players, the Cleveland Browns said goodbye to linebacker D’Qwell Jackson yesterday. In doing so, they were able to avoid paying the $4 million roster bonus due to him, but at the same time sent the face of the defense out of Cleveland.

However, Jackson won’t be unemployed for long. In fact, his first free agent visit is today, though it wasn’t immediately clear


There are a lot of teams out there in need of a good linebacker and Jackson definitely fits that bill. During his seven-year stint with the Browns he has been a really good player on a really bad team.

With the potential departure of Chiefs linebacker Akeem Jordan — who played very well in K.C. last season under a one-year deal — and the uncertain progress of now-second-year player Nico Johnson, the Chiefs have a huge need at the ILB position next to perennial pro bowler, Derrick Johnson. Jackson could fill that hole nicely, and if he were willing to take a “cap-friendly” deal, I’m sure he would be welcomed into Chiefs Kingdom with open arms.

What say you, Addicts? D’Qwell Jackson to the Chiefs or pass?

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  • Chris Tarrants

    When I first seen your post, I thought you were talking about Ridley! Had me all kinds of scratching my head. We can use all the quality LB’s we can get so let’s wait and see if Dorsey jumps in this game

  • berttheclock

    Thanks, Jason. Yes, he would fit. Perhaps, Farmer was just trying to help his former friends in KC.

    • Tristian

      Bert you were right on point in the Maclin article. This guy is a fit for sure and im not sure how old Jackson is but a 3 year deal around 8-10 million would be ideal in my mind. But then again I say you still draft a guy because playing next to derrick Johnson will make that potential rookie good anyways

      • thabear04

        He 30

    • Jason Seibel

      I’m here for you, buddy! :)

    • thabear04

      Did Framer tell Jackson You cant make a chicken salad out of chicken shit

  • KCMikeG

    I thought he was a MLB in a 4-3 defense??

    • berttheclock

      He has played both types, 4-3 and 3-4.

  • Jarad

    This would be an exciting LB unit (not that it isn’t already)! Although the void next to DJ was filled relatively well last year, getting a great 4 to lineup at linebacker play in and play out would take this D to another level. Poe emerging as top NT would only increase the LB production too! Extending/restructuring a few contacts is still crucial to what KC can do, but add a WR or Safety via Free Agency and then use that top pick for the other. Im always excited for Free Agency and the Draft, but im actually fully confident in those making the decisions now!! ARROWHEAD ADDICT, making my ACL recovery a little more tolerable.

  • Billie Cabral

    This dude is a stud. If he is affordable get him!!!

  • berttheclock

    However, in Cleveland, this move was hardly noticed by the rabid fans of the Browns. Why, on the Mary Cabot article about Jackson saying he had been willing to renegotiate his contract, so far, there are only 762 comments. Just another boring day in Northern Ohio. Little wonder why the Plain Dealer has some of the finest coverage of sports in the land. The “Plain Wrapper” is a must for sports fans.

  • jimfromkcj

    I don’t think we are on the cusp of winning anything next year, so lets continue to get younger. He will be 31 before next season starts. If he was good for the long term the Browns would not be getting rid of him when they are already setting on over 50 million of cap space.

  • paul pace

    The only possible down side with him is his age.

  • Stacy D. Smith

    Yes, please! Jackson would be an excellent addition to the middle of the defense. He and DJ side-by-side would be hell on earth! He’s still young enough to play at a high level for 3 more years.

  • Jarod Cook

    As a Browns fan sad to see DQJ go. hope he ends up on KC. Finally a chance to make playoffs, and maybe super bowl.

  • Lyle Graversen

    At the risk of being a downer, be careful about getting pumped about a guy based on name recognition. According to Pro Football Focus, after years of being an elite LB his play has drastically fallen off the past 2 years. In fact they rated him one of the worst ILB in the NFL last season. Akeem Jordan actually graded out WAY better, especially in run defense where Akeem was 5th best in the NFL and Jackson was the 7th worst. If Jordan is cheaper, I think he’s definitely the better value signing. There’s a reason Cleveland didn’t want him because they actually are fine cap wise from what I’ve read.

    • Michael Shaw

      Lyle, since he was on a bad team, he might have been seeing more double and triple teams or lots of picks by WR’s and TE’s. The guy definitely has the skill set and could allow DJ to concentrate more on rushing the passer than dropping back in coverage. I don’t remember hearing Jordan being called out in too many games so I am hesitant to want him back.

  • Michael Anthony Dine

    He would fit and the defense would be a
    beast…but its not gonna happen, he’ll probably wind up on the Damn Broncos