For eight seasons, D’Qwell Jackson did everything for the Browns.
He overcame serious injuries to play at a high level. He led the team tackles. He became a locker room leader, showing the way for younger players. And, he did it all without complaint despite almost constant losing and change in Cleveland.
Jackson’s run ended Wednesday. The Browns released the veteran linebacker, cutting ties with one of their most popular players due a $4.1 million roster bonus next month.
The 31-year-old Jackson, who made 96 starts in eight seasons with the Browns, is now a free agent and can sign with any team. Jackson’s agents and Cleveland’s revamped front office tried to restructure his contract, but couldn’t come to terms and decided to part ways. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.