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PFT: Cleveland Browns Sign RB Brandon Jackson

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Brandon Jackson is joining the Cleveland Browns.
Brandon Jackson is joining the Cleveland Browns.

According to a tweet by Pro Football Talk, the Cleveland Browns have signed running back Brandon Jackson, formerly of the Green Bay Packers, to a two-year deal worth $4.5 million.

Jackson is a pretty ideal complement to the tandem of Peyton Hillis and Montario Hardesty. He is a former second round pick who never really had a "breakout" year due to guys like Ryan Grant and James Starks coming on strong. After Grant's injury last year, Jackson carried the ball 190 times for 703 yards and 3 touchdowns. More importantly, he caught 43 passes for 342 yards and a touchdown. After barely playing in 2008 and 2009, Jackson still has the legs to be "fresh" and jump in if either of our top two backs suffer an injury.

Tony Grossi of the Plain Dealer seems to like the move as well:

Jackson, 25, has the pass catching skills desired by coach Pat Shurmur. He caught 43 passes with the Packers last year and 110 in four seasons as a third-down back in Green Bay.


Do you agree with bringing Jackson aboard? He's certainly not my favorite option (Jerome Harrison), but he should be a better fit than Mike Bell and could help the Browns in some third down situations.