The Redskins have released linebacker Rob Jackson, a source tells Mike Jones of the Washington Post (via Twitter). In confirming the report, John Keim of ESPN.com adds (Twitter link) that Washington cut Jackson now so that it would be easier for him to find work elsewhere.
Jackson, 28, joined the Redskins as a seventh-round pick in 2008. His best season came in 2012, when he started 14 games, and finished with four-and-a-half sacks and four interceptions. His contract expired after 2013, and he wasn’t re-signed until April 2014, indicating a lack of interest around the league.
Surprisingly (especially for a reserve linebacker), Jackson doesn’t offer much special teams value, tweets Jones, who notes that fellow backup LB Everette Brown has shown ST prowess. Keim concurs (on Twitter), saying that in addition to playing special teams, Brown spent time with the first-team nickel defense in last night’s preseason game.