Cleveland Browns middle linebacker D’Qwell Jackson overcame quite a bit of adversity these past few years to be a force on the Browns' defense this past season. After missing 26 games due to the torn pectoral muscles, Jackson finished this year leading the NFL with 115 solo tackles, was second in the NFL with 158 total tackles, and added 3.5 sacks and an interception.
Jackson's injuries didn't make him a coveted free agent this past lockout shortened offseason, so he re-signed with the Browns for one year to prove he could return to form and propel himself amongst the top unrestricted free agents March 2012. After his comeback season, he would now like to stay with the Browns:
"I want to be in Cleveland,’’ he said. "Yeah, I want to be in a new deal. I feel like I’ve proven to myself and the rest of my teammates that I can still play. If it’s the franchise tag, it’s the franchise tag. As long as I still have my health, that’s what is most important.’’