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Brandon Jackson joins the Browns

Brandon Jackson

Green Bay Packers’ Brandon Jackson runs up field during the first half of the NFL Super Bowl XLV football game against Pittsburgh Steelers Sunday, Feb. 6, 2011, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)


A lot of Browns fans wanted another wide receiver added to the mix.

Instead, they’ve added another running back to an-already promising backfield.

Florio has learned via a league source that running back Brandon Jackson has joined the Browns on a two-year, $4.5 million contract. The Browns want Peyton Hillis to play fewer snaps this year, and Jackson is a very capable third-down option.

The team also has 2010 second round pick Montario Hardesty coming back from injury, but the team doesn’t have to rely on him too much.

Jackson developed into a fine pass blocker over the years and can help diversify Cleveland’s offense. We’ve said it before, but it’s a good thing Hillis got on the Madden cover this year because we doubt he’ll get the ball so much again.