It became a busy Friday afternoon with news breaking about Browns linebacker D'Qwell Jackson and former Raiders coach Hue Jackson.
The Browns will put the franchise tag on D'Qwell Jackson if they are unable to reach a multi-year deal, a league source told The Cleveland Plain Dealer. The window for putting the franchise tag on players begins Monday and ends March 5. The team and Jackson have begun negotiations.
In other AFC North news, the Bengals announced they have hired Hue Jackson as an assistant coach. According to the team, Jackson will assist in coaching the defensive backs and special teams.
"Hue is a tremendous addition to our staff," Bengals coach Marvin Lewis said in a statement. "I relied on Hue greatly when he was with us [in 2004-06], and his success overall in the NFL, including being selected for a head coaching position, is well documented. He has expertise in all aspects of the game, and we are fortunate to have obtained his services."
I will post my takes on D'Qwell Jackson and Hue Jackson shortly.