CLEVELAND BROWNS Jackson is hoping for a chance with another team
The backup running back wants to show other teams what he can do Saturday.
BEREA (AP) -- Browns backup running back James Jackson isn't satisfied with his diminished role and wants out of Cleveland.
Jackson, the team's third-round pick in the 2001 draft, is battling the recently signed Dee Brown to be third string behind Lee Suggs and William Green.
He sees Saturday's preseason opener against Tennessee as a chance to showcase his talents for other clubs.
"I'll be ready to roll," Jackson said Monday. "I will go out and put on a show Saturday, but the rest is out of my hands. It's not up to me where I go."
Jackson, who played in college at the University of Miami, has his eyes on the backfield opening created by the sudden retirement of Miami Dolphins' Ricky Williams.
May be Jackson
The Dolphins are reportedly looking to bring in someone to compete with Travis Minor for the starting job. Jackson, one of five tailbacks on Cleveland's roster, thinks it might as well be him.
"I can't say I'm quitting and just go to the Dolphins," Jackson said. "I'm under contract here. It's up to [the Browns] to make that call."
Jackson has rushed for 990 yards and five touchdowns in three seasons with Cleveland.
He ran for 554 yards and two scores in 11 games -- 10 starts -- as a rookie, but carried only 12 times for 54 yards as a backup in 2002.
After rededicating himself to his conditioning, Jackson found his way back into the offense last year. He ran for 382 yards and three touchdowns as a part-time starter and third-down back, but his season was cut short when he tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee on Dec. 8.
Jackson was set to resume duties as the third-down back when training camp started, but a slightly torn hamstring suffered on the second day of practice kept him out a week.
Cleveland countered by signing Brown as a free agent, and Jackson is no longer guaranteed a job.
"We're trying to make our football team the best we can," Browns coach Butch Davis said. "I think you'd have to be kind of asleep at the wheel to not realize bringing in Dee Brown was a pretty good thing after training camp."
Brown, a sixth-round pick of the Carolina Panthers in 2001, rushed for a career-high 122 yards against the Browns in 2002. He played two games last year with the Pittsburgh Steelers.
If Jackson were to get his wish and move back to Miami, he'd have a hard time replacing Williams.
Williams rushed for more than 3,000 yards in two seasons with the Dolphins, while Jackson has just one 100-yard game in his career.
"If I get traded there, I'll be taking a beating for a while," Jackson said. "Fans will be saying, 'This guy hasn't played in four years and he's replacing Ricky?' "