D’Qwell Jackson was released by the Browns on Wednesday. Jackson is an inside linebacker and the Redskins just so happen to be in need to two players at that position.
So why isn’t Jackson in Ashburn yet?
Well, for one thing he’s not officially a free agent yet. The transaction doesn’t hit the wires until today a 4 p.m. so any contact with him would be tampering. But that’s just a formality. He isn’t subject to waiver claims so he will be a free agent as of later today.
There is competition for Jackson’s services to consider as well. According to a report, seven teams contacted Jackson’s camp soon after the release. Pro Football Talk lists 12 teams who have needs and could be fits. The Redskins are one of those teams.
The Redskins would not have to do much scouting on Jackson to decide if he would be a fit in Washington; it’s already been done. Jay Gruden prepared the Bengals offense to face Jackson and the Browns defense twice a year for the last three years. Redskins outside linebackers coach Brian Baker didn’t coach Jackson directly but he certainly got some inside knowledge on his strengths and weaknesses last year when he held the same position in Cleveland.
Given the need the Redskins have you have to think that there will be some level of interest. But will Jackson want to come to Washington?
"I'm willing to go to 31 other teams at this point,'' Jackson told the Northeast Ohio Media Group last night. "Obviously I'm looking for a place that has some type of stability, someplace that a guy that's been around and you know he's not going to be out in two years . . . Losing year after year, it sucks.”
Unfortunately, when most think of the Redskins the concept of “stability” does not come to mind and the word “losing” does. So we will have to see if Gruden and Bruce Allen can persuade Jackson to give them a chance.