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The Cleveland Browns have released veteran linebacker and former Maryland standout D'Qwell Jackson, the team announced officially on Wednesday.
Jackson has been in Cleveland for the past eight seasons after being drafted by the Browns in the second round of the 2006 NFL Draft.
"D’Qwell is the epitome of class, leadership and professionalism," the team said in a statement. "Every day of his NFL career, D’Qwell has been a solid representative of the Browns and the City of Cleveland, both between the lines on Sundays and off the field in our area community."
Over the course of his eight-year professional career, Jackson has amassed 824 tackles, 11.5 sacks, and eight interceptions. He led the NFL in combined tackles in 2008 and led the AFC in combined tackles in 2011.
During his time at Maryland, Jackson was named First Team All-ACC in 2004 and 2005.
The Browns led their team website with a show of gratitude for Jackson's time in Cleveland, complete with a link for fans to thank the veteran on Twitter: