Browns linebacker D'Qwell Jackson would be "absolutely'' shocked if he weren't back next season despite a $4.1 million roster bonus due in March.

"I don’t even like talking about it,'' he said Friday. "I know it’s a business and things change all the time, but as far as I’m concerned I haven't thought about that one time. I feel good in my position where I am. From what I know, I'm part of the plans, I'll be here next year.''

Jackson, the undisputed team leader, is arguably the most beloved member of the team by players and coaches alike.

“D’Qwell has been a coach’s dream as far as leadership, intelligence,'' said defensive coordinator Ray Horton. "He demands a lot from himself and his teammates. He really is a locker room coach (with) some of the things he says after the game and at halftime.”

Jackson and his camp aren't anticipating the Browns to ask him to restructure his deal (his camp number is $8.1 million next season) based on the fine season he's had, "but if that was the case, I trust my team would get something done.''

Jackson, 30, is first on the team with 134 tackles, his sixth career 100-tackle season.