Browns LB D'Qwell Jackson to Skip OTAs

Cleveland Browns restricted free agent linebacker D'Qwell Jackson has confirmed that he will skip the team's upcoming "Organized Team Activity" sessions, Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain-Dealer reports.

Jackson was tendered at the "Second Round" level, which would pay the 2006 second-round pick a $1.759 million dollar base salary in 2010. Like teammates Abe Elam, Jerome Harrison, Lawrence Vickers, and Matt Roth, Jackson has yet to sign that one-year tender.

"I won't be attending OTAs, but I have a clear head and ready for the season so I can play the best ball I've played of my career!", Jackson said in a text message to the Plain-Dealer.

Jackson has started 48 of 49 career games, totaling 407 tackles, 3 quarterback sacks, 4 interceptions, and 11 passes defensed. Jackson's top season came in 2008, where he led the Browns in tackles for a second consecutive season with 154, and set career-highs with two quarterback sacks and 3 interceptions.

Elected a defensive captain prior to the 2009 season, a torn pectoral injury limited Jackson to just 6 games last season, where the former Maryland standout posted 59 tackles and a forced fumble.

To guard against a holdout by Jackson, the Browns signed free agent linebacker Scott Fujita this off-season.

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