Former Browns inside linebacker D’Qwell Jackson will reunite with former Browns coach Rob Chudzinski.
Jackson has agreed to contract terms with the Indianapolis Colts, NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported this morning. It’s a four-year deal worth $22 million, including $11 million guaranteed, Mike Garafolo of Fox Sports 1 reported.
“Welcome to the Colts, D'Qwell!” Colts owner Jim Irsay wrote on Twitter one minute after the news broke.
The Browns cut Jackson Feb. 26 after the two sides couldn’t reach an agreement on a restructured contract. Jackson would have carried a $9.43 million salary-cap figure with the Browns next season, which included a $4 million roster bonus due March 16 and a $100,000 workout bonus.
Jackson, a second-round draft pick in 2006 from the University of Maryland, spent the past eight seasons with the Browns and became their undisputed leader. He played 97 games with 96 starts, compiling 891 career tackles, 11½ sacks, eight interceptions, five forced fumbles and seven fumble recoveries.
The Colts will play the Browns in Cleveland next season.
"We are pleased to announce the signing of inside linebacker D’Qwell Jackson," Colts General Manager Ryan Grigson said in a statement. "He is a team-first guy that has been a very consistent producer on the field. The tempo, energy and determination he plays with are right up there with the best in this league.
"He brings a welcomed element of experience and natural leadership to our team and we are excited to add him to the strong nucleus of linebackers we currently have on our roster."
The Browns fired Chudzinski Dec. 29 after he went 4-12 in his lone season on the job. They replaced him with former Buffalo Bills defensive coordinator Mike Pettine on Jan. 23.
The Colts hired Chudzinski Feb. 8 as a special assistant to coach Chuck Pagano. Chudzinski and Pagano have spent eight seasons together in the collegiate and NFL ranks.