NFL Free Agency: Cleveland Browns' D'Qwell Jackson Out, Scott Fujita in?

Samuel IngroAnalyst IMarch 5, 2010

CLEVELAND - NOVEMBER 2:  Ray Rice #27 of the Baltimore Ravens runs the ball by D'Qwell Jackson #52 of the Cleveland Browns during the third quarter of their NFL game at Cleveland Browns Stadium November 2, 2008 in Cleveland, Ohio.  (Photo by Matt Sullivan/Getty Images)
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In a recent report it has been revealed that New Orleans Saints' veteran Scott Fujita is at the top of Cleveland's free agent list.

A meeting has been scheduled for Saturday, and the signing could set a precedent for winners coming to Cleveland to compete. Fujita, at 30 years old, would give the very young Browns defense a veteran leader, one who knows what it takes to get the job done.

In New Orleans 4-3 defense, Fujita is an outside linebacker. However in Cleveland's 3-4 defense, he would likely be moved inside. So what does that mean for Cleveland's defense?

It means there will likely be an exit for D'Qwell Jackson in Cleveland.

Jackson was recently tendered with a second round option, a move he was infuriated with. D'Qwell has quietly become a solid linebacker, and is looking for the big pay day. While he has been a solid run stuffer in the middle of the field, he has failed to find that killer instinct you need to be the leader of an NFL defense, like his hero Ray Lewis.

It's almost a certainty however that Jackson will be picked up by another team, forfeiting their second round pick to Cleveland, a genius move for a rebuilding Browns team.

Mike Holmgren has apparently seen enough tape of Jason Trusnik and Kaluka Maiava to feel that they can fill the other inside linebacker slot, or perhaps are targeting a player like Brandon Spikes in the second round of the NFL Draft.

At the combine, the Browns showed strong interest by interviewing USC's Everson Griffen, Texas' Sergio Kindle, and TCU's Darryl Washington as well, so it's obviously no secret Cleveland has plans to come out of the offseason with a new linebacker one way or another.

ESPN's Chris Mortenson has stated Cleveland has been one of the most aggressive teams in free agency talks so far, while ESPN blogger James Walker has stated his sources say Cleveland is just getting started, looking to upgrade quarterback and wide receiver as well.

Going out on a limb of predictions, all indications are pointing to Fujita in, Jackson out, and Cleveland trading down in the first round. Keep your eyes on Cleveland in the next few hours, something big is on the horizon.