Second-round selection LB Jackson, fourth-rounder choices LB Williams and OL Sowells, and
fifth-round selection RB Harrison signed through 2009 season
The Cleveland Browns signed second-round draft choice LB D'Qwell Jackson, fourth-round selections LB Leon Williams and OL Isaac Sowells, and fifth-round selection RB Jerome Harrison each to a four-year contract through the 2009 season, the team announced today. Financial terms of the deals were not disclosed.
Jackson (6-0, 228, Maryland), played in 48 games, including 34 starts and was the seventh player in school history to record over 400 tackles. Jackson, who was the 34th overall selection in the 2006 NFL Draft, finished his collegiate career ranked fourth with 447 tackles, and added 10.5 sacks for 62 yards, 24 tackles for loss, 15 quarterback pressures, four forced fumbles, one recovered fumble, six interceptions, eight passes defensed and one blocked kick.
As a senior in 2005, Jackson was a first-team All-American selection and the ACC Defensive Player of the Year as he led the conference with 137 tackles, including 56 solo, ranked second on the team with four sacks for 19 yards, and led the defense with six and one-half tackles for loss. He also added two interceptions, one pass defensed and one quarterback pressure.
Williams (6-2, 238, Miami), who was the 110th overall selection in the 2006 NFL Draft, played in 47 games with the Hurricanes and started six games, and recorded 146 tackles, including 80 solo, two and one-half sacks for 27 yards, 12.5 tackles for loss, four passes defensed and one forced fumble. Williams played both inside and outside linebacker and was also a key contributor on special teams with 36 tackles.