New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski (87) is tackled by Cleveland Browns strong safety T.J. Ward (43) and inside linebacker D'Qwell Jackson (52) during the third quarter of New England's 27-26 win at Gillette Stadium. Gronkowski left the game and was taken to a hospital after the hit.
Who’s hot on the trail of linebacker D’Qwell Jackson following his release from the Browns?
CBS Sports’ Jason LaCanfora reported seven teams contacted the veteran, who was a mainstay of the Browns defense, after the team let him go in lieu of paying a $4.1 million signing bonus that kicked in come March.
Depending on your perspective, New England, a perennial contender in the AFC, fits that bill.
It also falls in line with this statement from Jackson: "Obviously I’m looking for a place that has some type of stability, some place that a guy that’s been around and you know he’s not going to be out in two years."
Owner Robert Kraft and head coach Bill Belichick have created a legacy in this era where there has rarely been any question as to what will be expected from the Patriots.