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well, something dramatic must have happened given this prior tidbit:

Falcons | Offer Made - posted at KFFL (http://nfl.kffl.com)

6:45 PT: As an update to an ongoing story, Matt Winkeljohn reports for the Atlanta Journal Constitution the Atlanta Falcons made a contract offer to free agent WR Willie Jackson (Saints) Wednesday. The Falcons do not have enough room under the salary cap to offer Jackson a sizable contract. He may also visit with Carolina and Washington soon.

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Falcons sign receiver Willie Jackson

Wideout Graham released

July 12, 2002

The Atlanta Falcons today announced the signing of WR Willie Jackson, a eight-year NFL veteran who spent the past two seasons with division rival New Orleans. Terms of the contract were not disclosed by the team. The team also announced the release of wide receiver Jeff Graham, who was signed as a free agent on April 26.

Jackson, 6-1, 212 pounds, was originally drafted out of Florida by the Dallas Cowboys in the fourth round of the 1994 NFL Draft. One year later Jackson was drafted by the Jacksonville Jaguars in the 1995 expansion draft, which was used to stock the Carolina and Jacksonville rosters. After spending three years in Jacksonville, Jackson was released on the final cutdown day in 1998 and subsequently signed with Cincinnati where he spent the next two years before signing with New Orleans as an unrestricted free agent in 2000.

"We're excited about having him here," Head Coach Dan Reeves said following Friday's Mini Camp practice. "He had a great year last year, and he gives us a chance to upgrade our receivers."

The Gainesville, Fla., product has compiled an impressive pro resume over his 101-game career (38 starts) that includes 259 receptions for 3,384 yards (13.1 avg.) and 23 touchdowns. He has also returned 178 kickoffs for 2,338 yards (13.1 avg.).

Jackson is coming off his best season as a pro in 2001, establishing career highs in both receptions (81) and receiving yards (1,046) to go along with five touchdown receptions. Jackson, who finished seventh in the NFC in receptions, 11th in receiving yards and tied for second in third-down receptions (28), teamed with teammate Joe Horn (1,265 yards) last season to give the Saints their first 1,000-yard receiving tandem in team history. In addition, Jackson caught at least two passes in all 16 games and caught five or more passes eight times. Included in Jackson’s standout season was a performance at San Francisco in which he set career single-game bests in receptions (11), receiving yards (167) and long reception (63 yards).

After coming over to New Orleans as an unrestricted free agent in 2000, Jackson finished second on the team with 37 receptions for 523 yards and a career-best six touchdowns in helping lead the Saints to the NFC Western Division title and their first playoff victory in team history. Jackson collected 399 of his 523 yards and all six touchdown receptions after becoming a starter midway through the season. He also led the team with six receptions for 142 yards and tied an NFL single-game playoff record with three touchdown receptions in the Saints’ Wild Card victory over the St. Louis Rams.

Jackson, whose younger brother Terry is a fullback with the San Francisco 49ers, spent the first year of his pro career in Dallas, making the Cowboys’ opening day roster in 1994 after ranking third in preseason with seven catches for 76 yards. He was listed as a weekly inactive for all 16 games and both postseason contests.

After being left unprotected by the Cowboys in the 1995 NFL Expansion Draft, Jackson was selected by Jacksonville, where he made an immediate impact, leading the inaugural Jaguars team in receptions (53), yards (589) and touchdowns (five), despite playing in only 14 games, starting 10 of them.

In 1996 Jackson played in all 16 games, starting two of them, and finished second on the team in touchdowns with three and fourth in receiving yards with 486. Jackson had 33 catches for the year in helping lead the Jaguars to the AFC Championship game where they fell to the New England Patriots.

Jackson, 30, played in all 16 games with one start in 1997, appearing primarily as a third wide receiver behind Jimmy Smith and Keenan McCardell. He concluded the season with 17 catches for 206 yards and a pair of touchdown catches.

After being waived by Jacksonville just prior to the start of the 1998 season, Jackson signed with Cincinnati as a free agent and played in only eight games. He averaged 23.6 yards per catch on seven receptions (165 yards) in his first season with the Bengals. One year later Jackson came back to play in all 16 games and finished third on the team in receptions with 31 for 369 yards and two touchdowns.

Jackson, who holds a degree in telecommunications, left the University of Florida ranked No. 2 all-time in both receptions (162) and yards (2,172). A three-year starter, Jackson led the SEC as a junior with 62 catches for 772 yards and was named first-team All-SEC and an honorable-mention All-American.

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Originally posted by bulldog

well, something dramatic must have happened given this prior tidbit:

Falcons | Offer Made - posted at KFFL (http://nfl.kffl.com)

6:45 PT: As an update to an ongoing story, Matt Winkeljohn reports for the Atlanta Journal Constitution the Atlanta Falcons made a contract offer to free agent WR Willie Jackson (Saints) Wednesday. The Falcons do not have enough room under the salary cap to offer Jackson a sizable contract. He may also visit with Carolina and Washington soon.

Falcons |

Well, here is secondary confirmation:

Jackson Signed - from KFFL (http://nfl.kffl.com)

July 12, 2002 10:48:15 PT AtlantaFalcons.com reports the Atlanta Falcons have signed WR Willie Jackson. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

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I would still like to see the contract Jackson got.

If the Falcons didn't have that much room and still got him signed, it must not have been for that much money.

which may indicate the Redskins could have matched but CHOSE not to do so.

which may in part say the Skins are focusing elsewhere at DT and OG.

at least we can hope. :)

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Don't put down the Falcons yet. Everybody thinks Tampa owns the NFC South already but just like how the Saints won that division 2 years ago when the Rams were the mack daddies. The Bucs still have only 1 WR, no real RB's and an aging D.

oh yeah....the joe gibbs factor also!


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hey, getting Ray Brown and locking up our younger players are not outcomes to be disappointed in my friends :)

Brown is the perfect fit here. he is a guy that is both an effective run blocker and pass protector, is intelligent and has proven very durable over the past few years.

If Brown were 29 instead of 38 everyone around the league would be battering down the door to sign him.

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KFFL is also reporting that the Jets and DT Josh Evans have begun contract negotiations again.

Not that he is in the Skins horizon, just one of the few DT's that I think would benefit the Skins.

Ray Brown would be a solid 1-2 year pickup. So would Antonio Freeman, for the right price.

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Bufford, the Bucs only have one receiver? Are you forgetting they signed Keenan McCardell, who had over 80 receptions and 1000 yards last season? Couple him with Keyshawn and that's a pretty darn respectable duo.

Not to mention they have Jurevicus as a #3, which ain't too bad, and drafted Marquise Walker who has some potential.

Granted, they have zero speed at the position. Which is ironic considering they used to be all speed and no size.

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This will be good in the long run ala, the Sean Gilbert fiasco. This means we can sign Ray Brown and then concentrate on locking up Champ and Jansen next year.

Jackson is no sure thing. He made a huge push when his contract year came around, but he did nothing before that. Smells fishy.

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Great. Jackson signed for dirt. Three-year contract for $3.5M, and only $1 million in 2002.


Friday, July 12

Falcons, Jackson agree on three-year deal

By Len Pasquarelli


After an offseason spent principally ignoring the high-profile wideouts in the free-agent pool, the Atlanta Falcons finally landed a proven receiver for first-year quarterback Michael Vick on Friday, with ESPN.com learning that the team has reached an agreement with Willie Jackson.

The eight-year veteran, who is coming off a career year with the New Orleans Saints, will sign a three-year contract worth $3.5 million. Jackson will earn about $1 million in 2002.

Jackson, 30, visited with Atlanta officials and coaches Tuesday and Wednesday and the Falcons made him just a one-year offer for the league minimum of $650,000. Obviously, the team upgraded the proposal in the past few days. Jackson turned down a two-year, $2.5 million proposal from the San Francisco 49ers a month ago.

Atlanta officials, who also met with former Cincinnati Bengals starting wide receiver Darnay Scott on Thursday, were determined to land a veteran wideout by Friday. The team, like most franchises, opens training camp in two weeks.

The addition of Jackson, who arguably becomes the Falcons' top receiver by default if nothing else, could mean an end to Jeff Graham's short tenure with the club. An 11-year veteran, Graham missed much of the offseason program because of off-field problems and was a no-show at this week's mandatory minicamp.

The much-traveled Jackson, who began his career as a fourth-round choice of the Dallas Cowboys in the 1994 draft, will be joining his fifth NFL team. Last season represented a breakout year for Jackson, as he caught 81 passes for 1,046 yards and five touchdowns. The receptions and receiving yards represented career bests.

While not necessarily a pure deep threat, Jackson is a savvy receiver who knows how to move the chains, but one who can also get open up the field on occasion.

For his career, Jackson has 259 catches for 3,384 yards and 23 touchdowns. He has spent time with the Cowboys (1994), Jaguars (1995-97), Bengals (1998-99) and Saints (2000-2001). Jackson has played in 101 games and started 37 of them. Until last season, when he started all 16 games, Jackson had never started more than 10 contests in a season.

Len Pasquarelli is a senior writer for ESPN.com

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I didn't want Jackson anyway. We have enough WR's right now, if we can't find 4 quality guys out of this group then something is wrong. The way I see it, Gardner, Green and Lockett can all be successful in this offense. All we need is someone like McCants, Russell, Thompson or Skaggs to step up and we're set. I think Anthony gets cut.

I'd rather they sign Ray Brown. You can never have enough depth on the line. He's a quality vet who still has some gas in the tank. We'd be dumb to not make an attempt to sign him.



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yep, the money was negligible for a starter.

heck, Westbrook is getting more than that and Jackson had 24 more catches than Michael did in 2001.

the Redskins right now are a mystery. they have accumulated some cap space, beyond what they need for rookies, but are just sitting on it.

hopefully, this does NOT mean the team is still trying to entice Sam Adams with some sort of last second package for bigger dollars.

Snyder seemed pretty hot to trot on Adams earlier in free agency and I wouldn't be surprised if he hasn't given up on the idea, despite ESPN saying the Skins were all but out of the hunt.

Remember, ESPN was also reporting last December that Snyder had little chance of landing Spurrier and should focus on patching up his differences with Marty instead.

Then a couple of weeks later, Spurrier was on a plane to Washington for a press conference.

I have learned never to say never with this crew. :)

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