The Cleveland Browns have agreed to a one-year contract with veteran defensive tackle Malik Jackson, according to multiple media reports.
The specific terms of Jackson’s deal are not known as of Friday night.
The Philadelphia Eagles released Jackson, 31, earlier this week to clear salary-cap space.
In 2021, the Browns are not scheduled to play the Eagles.
Pro Football Focus gave Jackson a pass-rush grade of 72.8, which ranked 19th among interior defensive linemen last season.
Malik Jackson is signing with the Browns, per source
— Jeremy Fowler (@JFowlerESPN) March 19, 2021
Former #Eagles DL Malik Jackson Is signing with the #Browns, source said
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 19, 2021
Browns are signing interior DL Malik Jackson, per @RapSheet
Jackson: 72.8 pass-rush grade since 2018 (19th) pic.twitter.com/ePr8Kcdi64
— PFF (@PFF) March 20, 2021
Jackson isn’t the only newcomer on the Browns’ defensive line this upcoming season.
Earlier this week, the Browns signed defensive end Takk McKinley to a one-year contract.
The Browns have signed several defensive free agents this offseason, including safety John Johnson III, cornerback Troy Hill and middle linebacker Anthony Walker.
Jackson played in 15 of 16 games in 2020, compiling 28 tackles, 2.5 sacks, 13 quarterback hits, two passes defended and a fumble recovery.
A foot injury limited Jackson to one game in 2019.
Jackson is entering his 10th NFL season in 2021, and he looks to fill the void left after defensive tackle Larry Ogunjobi signed with the Cincinnati Bengals on Thursday.
The Browns could play Jackson alongside fellow defensive tackles Sheldon Richardson and Andrew Billings, who opted out of the 2020 season because of concerns related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Jackson played for the Eagles from 2019-2020, the Jacksonville Jaguars from 2016-2018 and the Denver Broncos from 2012-2015.
After the Jaguars released Jackson in 2019, he signed a three-year, $30 million contract with the Eagles.
In his career, Jackson has played in 126 games, compiling 267 tackles, 99 quarterback hits, 61 tackles for a loss, 35 sacks, six forced fumbles, four fumble recoveries and one safety.
During the 2015 season, Jackson won Super Bowl 50 with the Broncos.
The Broncos selected Jackson in the fifth round of the 2012 NFL Draft with the 137th overall pick.
Jackson attended USC in 2008-2009 before transferring to Tennessee to play for the Volunteers in 2010-2011.
Sonny D says
Now that you have filled most of your defensive needs. Use the draft to move up
and take the best player available. Move up in the first two rounds. You only need
to use 6 of your 9 choices. You now can go either offense or defense depending
on the player not the position or who you think you will have to replace next year.
Concerned Browns Fan says
Great addition to our D-Line. Dude is a good stopgap for the man we draft in hopes of finding a long term partner for Myles and allows him to develop. The front office guys have been killing this offseason by signing players who can contribute right away, on team friendly deals.
What do you guys think about re-signing Danny Shelton as a quality rotational player. Dude is only 28, and deffinatley can plug holes with is big bodied frame. On a team friendly deal ~ Something like two years $5.5millies?