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The Browns have released linebacker D'Qwell Jackson, their undisputed team leader and the longest-tenured member of the team.
I's all about the Benjamin's baby. Jackson wanted more than the Browns wanted to pay (he was slotted to earn a $4.1 million roster bonus on March 15th). Jackson received $19 million in guarantees and bonuses for the extension he signed through 2016, but with the bonus he was due and the $3.93 million in salary, the Browns decided not to commit $8 million to him for 2014.ANALYST: Ray Flowers
Rays designated P Grant Balfour for assignment.
There's no word as to why Balfour was DFA'd here as he's pitched pretty well so far, especially for a guy who had to leave the team during spring training to help take care of his ailing father. He did hit a bump in the road Saturday when he allowed three earned runs in two-thirds of an inning, but before that, he had made five appearances, pitched 3 2/3 innings and allowed two hits with no runs. The Rays will likely give some reason for the move, but look for Balfour to pick up with another team fairly quickly. Analysis: Howard Bender