Berea, OH (SportsNetwork.com) - The Cleveland Browns released inside linebacker D'Qwell Jackson on Wednesday.
Jackson, a veteran out of Maryland, was drafted by the Browns in the second round of the 2006 NFL Draft. In eight NFL seasons, he made 96 starts in 97 games, compiling 891 career tackles, 11 1/2 sacks, eight interceptions, five forced fumbles and seven fumble recoveries.
"To the people of Cleveland and Browns fans everywhere: Eight years ago I began a journey that blessed me with the opportunity to be a part of a wonderful organization and community," said Jackson. "I want to take this time to thank each and every one of you for opening your arms and hearts to my family and me, and for making Cleveland an easy place to love and call home. It's been an honor playing in front of you.
"I also would like to thank the Browns players, coaches and staff for their tireless work and commitment. From the bottom of my heart, I thank you all and will always carry you with me."
Last season, Jackson recorded 141 combined tackles with 1 1/2 sacks and one interception.
"We had positive discussion with D'Qwell and his agent over the last several days, and we came to the mutual agreement to go in different directions," Browns general manager Ray Farmer. "D'Qwell is the epitome of class, leadership and professionalism. Every day of his NFL career, D'Qwell has been a solid representative of the Browns and the City of Cleveland, both between the lines on Sundays and off the field in our area community. We want to thank him for his eight years of service and wish him nothing but the best in his future endeavors."