The Browns have re-signed their star middle linebacker, D’Qwell Jackson, to prevent him from reaching free agency after his contract had expired. Jackson’s deal is reportedly for 5 years $42.5 million, with $19 million in guarantees and bonuses. After a shoulder injury limited him to just six games in 2009 and a pectoral injury caused him to miss the entire 2010 season, Jackson bounced back this year and had 158 tackles, 3.5 sacks, one forced fumble, and one interception in 2011. He led the AFC in tackles in 2011, and led the entire NFL in tackles in 2008. He’s been the lone bright spot on a terrible Browns defense for many years, and now he’ll remain with the team whom he’s played for his entire NFL career. Jackson would have been a nice target for the Bengals if they decide to cut Rey Maualuga, but that’s just a pipe dream now.