Newly released D’Qwell Jackson makes sense for Pats

Newly released D’Qwell Jackson makes sense for Pats
February 27, 2014, 12:15 pm
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D’Qwell Jackson is on the market and it’s not a stretch to imagine the Patriots are going to be one of the teams to kick the 30-year-old linebacker’s tires.
 
Jackson, in fact, is making a visit on Thursday, according to Jeff Darlington of the NFL Network. Jackson declined to share the organization.
 
In my experience, if people aren’t talking, we may be talking about the Patriots.
 
Jackson was released by the Browns on Wednesday ahead of a $4.1 million bonus coming due. Former Browns GM Mike Lombardi is now with the Patriots and – given the performance (141 tackles in 2013), leadership and toughness (overcoming two serious chest injuries) – Jackson has to be coveted.
 
The pros? He can (as this link shows) drop adeptly into coverage and has good range and ball skills. He probably wouldn’t supplant Jerod Mayo or Donta Hightower at linebacker but he’d give depth there and he could be the third backer in if Jamie Collins still needs a gradual transition.
 
The versatility of Mayo and Hightower between being able to play inside or outside would make it easier to fit Jackson in around them.
 
Meanwhile, Jackson played for Romeo Crennel in Cleveland and that’s when he rose to prominence. Certainly Bill Belichick would be of a mind to trust any player that RAC trusted.
 
We’ll track what’s up with Jackson over the coming weeks.