Back in the middle of October, D'Qwell Jackson's 2009 season ended prematurely courtesy of a shoulder injury.
A little over three months later, Jackson is back to 100 percent. Whether or not he will be back with the Cleveland Browns, however, remains to be seen.
The linebacker's agent, Brian Mackler, told theOBR this afternoon that Jackson was medically cleared earlier this month to resume full football activity. Jackson met with the surgeon who repaired his damaged shoulder on Jan. 21, and was given clearance at that point in time.
Since then, Jackson has been working out at an IMG facility in Bradenton, Fla. and would be healthy enough to take part in OTAs and minicamps. If he were to be under contract, that is.
Jackson would be an unrestricted free agent if a new collective bargaining agreement were to be reached before the start of free agency, which is highly unlikely. Much more likely is Jackson carrying the restricted free agent label, which, as the moniker suggests, would severely restrict his ability to move.
Mackler told theOBR that he held discussions with head coach Eric Mangini and ex-general manager George Kokinis last year, but has yet to speak to the new regime regarding a deal for Jackson that would prevent him from reaching the free-agent market.
Mackler was quick to point out, though, that he has a good relationship with new general manager Tom Heckert, implying that a new deal before the start of free agency is not out of the question. A Browns source, however, told theOBR that nobody "should count on" a contract with Jackson – or any other free agent, for that matter – being reached prior to the start of free agency.