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July

Brandon Jackson Signs With Cleveland Browns, Spitz Goes to Jaguars

Brandon Jackson signed a two-year deal with the Cleveland Browns Thursday night.

The Green Bay Packers backfield became a little less crowded when news broke Thursday night  that Brandon Jackson signed with the Cleveland Browns. The deal was reportedly for two years and $4.5 million.

Jackson was good in pass protection and figured to see plenty of action on third downs if he remained with the Packers. Two years and $4.5 million is a reasonable deal and I’m surprised the Packers didn’t make more of an effort to keep him.

Perhaps Jackson didn’t want to battle Ryan Grant, James Starks and Alex Green for playing time and felt he would have a bigger role in Cleveland. I can’t see him overtaking Peyton Hillis anytime soon, but Cleveland’s backfield is a little less crowded than Green Bay’s.

Either way, with G Daryn Colledge gone and now Jackson, the Packers pass protection has taken a bit of a hit. Neither Colledge or Jackson is irreplaceable, but both were better players than most people gave them credit for.

Jason Spitz will not be one of the players filling the pass protection void left by Colledge or Jackson. Spitz reportedly signed a multi-year deal with the Jacksonville Jaguars.

To summarize: Colledge, Spitz, Jackson and Korey Hall have signed elsewhere. Mason Crosby resigned with the Packers. Nick Barnett, Brady Poppinga and Justin Harrell were cut. Cullen Jenkins and James Jones appear to be on their way out, but nothing is official yet. The status of Atari Bigby, John Kuhn, Anthony Smith and Matt Wilhelm is unknown.

Did I miss anyone?

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Adam Czech is a freelance reporter and a Packers fan living in the Twin Cities. Follow Adam on Twitter. Read more of Adam's writing on the Packers here.

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9 Responses to “Brandon Jackson Signs With Cleveland Browns, Spitz Goes to Jaguars”

  1. DavidVanDelft says:

    Brandon Jackson Signs With Cleveland Browns, Spitz Goes to Jaguars
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  2. Ron LC says:

    Hope Brandon has a good carreer with the Browns. He was just the odd man out.

    Spitz is another 6 year non-performer gone. Let the young guys start to perform. We’ll see just how good TT’s selections have been. I’m anxious to see the pre-season and finally get to see them on the field.

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  3. Jersey Al Jersey Al says:

    Spitz’s epitath was written the day he came in as an injury sub and was so bad, they pulled him two series later.

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  4. Mojo says:

    The times they are a changin’

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  5. [...] The exodus has begun in earnest as Packers’ free agents are getting snatched up by other teams. Besides Darren Colledge Brandon Jackson Signed With Cleveland Browns & Jason Spitz Goes to Jaguars. [...]

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  6. Oppy says:

    “Perhaps Jackson didn’t want to battle Ryan Grant, James Starks and Alex Green for playing time and felt he would have a bigger role in Cleveland. I can’t see him overtaking Peyton Hillis anytime soon, but Cleveland’s backfield is a little less crowded than Green Bay’s.”

    lol, Adam, I just made a post in response to someone questioning why the packers didn’t match the Brown’s offer over at CHTV and stated pretty much the exact same scenario.

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  7. [...] to the departure of Brandon Jackson has drummed up some reaction. "With G Daryn Colledge gone and now Jackson, the Packers pass [...]

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  8. Lindy Infante says:

    If there was ever a player that could have made major bank in Free Agency…it was Brandon Jackson. It was him and him alone at the RB position when Grant went down. If he has just a COUPLE good games where he shows he can tote the rock….and has a 1000 yards…..he is going to be looking at big money. BUT, instead he showed that he lacked burst and was no more than a 3rd down back. Not many backups get that type of an opportunity in their contract year. ALSO, HE WENT AGAINST 5-6 GUYS IN THE BOX MOST OF THE TIME BECAUSE OF OUR PASSING GAME.

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