The Browns cut D’Qwell Jackson in order to save 5.23 million on the cap and they replaced him with Karlos Dansby on a 4-year, 24 million dollar deal with 14 million over 2 years guaranteed. Dansby is two years older (33 vs. 31), but he’s the much better player, grading out as a top-13 middle linebacker on Pro Football Focus in each of the last 4 seasons, including a 6th place finish last season. Only Patrick Willis and Derrick Johnson have also been top-13 linebackers in each of the last 4 seasons. The Browns upgraded at a similar price.
Meanwhile, the Colts are picking up the Browns’ sloppy seconds and overpaying. Jackson’s contract is worth 22 million over 4 years with 11 million over 2 years guaranteed. It’s a comparable contract to Dansby’s, but he’s not a comparable player. Jackson was Pro Football Focus’ 42nd ranked middle linebacker out of 55 eligible last season and has only graded out above average on Pro Football Focus in 1 of the last 4 seasons, including a 2010 of which he missed the entirety. He’s not getting any better going into his age 31 season and he won’t help solve the Colts’ problems at middle linebacker. This is a massive overpay.