The Browns have made the first big transaction of the Ray Farmer era, releasing veteran linebacker D’Qwell Jackson.

It was a fairly easy-to-see move, considering he had a $4 million roster bonus coming up next month, and a $2.6 million base salary for the 30-year-old linebacker. But the Browns were in excellent shape cap-wise, so they didn’t have to do it for financial reasons.

“We had positive discussion with D’Qwell and his agent over the last several days, and we came to the mutual agreement to go in different directions,” Farmer said in a statement. “D’Qwell is the epitome of class, leadership and professionalism. Every day of his NFL career, D’Qwell has been a solid representative of the Browns and the City of Cleveland, both between the lines on Sundays and off the field in our area community. We want to thank him for his eight years of service and wish him nothing but the best in his future endeavors.”

The former second-rounder started 96 games in eight seasons for the Browns.