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LB Jackson Inks His One-Year Tender


Linebacker D’Qwell Jackson signed his one-year tender today, his agent Brian Mackler told the Plain Dealer.

“D’Qwell was ready to get on with the season and let his play dictate his value,” said Mackler. “D’Qwell is healthy and looking forward to having a Pro Bowl-caliber season. He feels the defense has a chance to be really good this season and he’s excited to get back on the field.”

Jackson’s second-round tender was worth $1.759 million. He and the other restricted free agents received a letter from the Browns saying they would reduce the offers to 10% above their 2009 base salary if they didn’t sign them by tonight’s 11:59 p.m deadline. Jackson and three of the others stood to lose $1 million each by not signing.

“We made the decision independently to do this,” said Mackler. “We don’t know what the others have decided. The Browns have the tender.”

Jackson left this morning for Africa, where he’s helping a friend open a school for underprivileged children. He’ll be back in two weeks and ready for training camp at the end of July.

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