Browns hire former linebacker D'Qwell Jackson as pro scout, add exec Chris Polian as advisor to GM

CLEVELAND (AP) — D'Qwell Jackson is tackling a new role with the Browns.

The former linebacker, who was one of the few positives during some lean, losing seasons in Cleveland, has been hired as a pro scout by the team. It was one of several hirings and promotions announced Tuesday.

Jackson spent last season supporting in player development for the Browns, and it has been clear for some time that his role would expand.

The 40-year-old, who played at Maryland, was a second-round pick by Cleveland in 2006. He started 96 games over eight seasons, missing 2010 with a shoulder injury.

After being released in 2014, Jackson signed with Indianapolis and spent three seasons with the Colts, earning a Pro Bowl selection his first year.

Jackson finished with 826 career tackles, 11 1/2 sacks and eight interceptions, returning one for a touchdown. The Browns only had one winning season with Jackson on the roster.

The Browns also officially announced the hiring of former Colts general manager Chris Polian as an advisor to GM Andrew Berry. Polian was Washington's director of pro personnel the last three seasons.

Polian is the son of Bill Polian, a Hall of Fame executive with the Buffalo Bills and Colts.