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Thursday, January 16, 2014
Browns have decision to make on Jackson

By Pat McManamon

D'Qwell Jackson has been the loyalest of soldiers for the Cleveland Browns since he was drafted in the second round by Phil Savage in 2006.

He’s played for one good team and a bunch of bad ones. He’s played inside in a 4-3 and inside in a 3-4. He’s been grounded from day one and he has been a team captain. But when it comes to financial decisions regarding the salary cap and what a guy is paid, all that probably won’t matter much when it comes to this offseason.

The Browns -- and their new coach -- will decide if Jackson is due a $4 million roster bonus in March based on if, at the age of 31, he can help the team into the future.

Jackson’s position is interesting. His salary cap figure in 2014 is set to be $8.1 million. He will be 31.

Paul Kruger’s salary cap figure will be $8.2 million He will be 28.

Based on those numbers it would seem the Browns would have a simple choice: keep both, or keep neither.

But in the NFL world where people are judged based sometimes on whether they are an addition of a new regime or a holdover, simple doesn’t always enter into the equation.

Here are some facts on the decision the Browns have to make: