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Lions release veteran quarterback Jackson

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The Canadian Press
2/1/2012 5:35:55 PM
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VANCOUVER -- The B.C. Lions released veteran quarterback Jarious Jackson on Wednesday.

The move comes less than a year after Jackson signed a two-year deal with the Lions that was reportedly worth $130,000 annually, with incentives.

The six-foot-one, 232-pound Jackson saw limited duty in 2011 behind Travis Lulay, the CFL's outstanding player. Jackson attempted just 39 passes during the regular season, completing 18 for 263 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions.

"Thx to Jarious for all his help and advice over the last couple of years, always a great teammate! 1st-class, team-first guy," Lulay tweeted.

Tailback Andrew Harris echoed those sentiments.

"J. Jackson was a huge player-mentor to me! Very disappointed to see him go.. Its all part of the business tho. All the best J.J!," he wrote on his Twitter account.

Jackson, who played his college football at Notre Dame, joined the Lions in 2004 as a practice-roster player. He became B.C.'s starter during the 2007 season when Dave Dickenson and Buck Pierce were both out with injuries.

Jackson posted a 9-2 record and completed 167-of-304 passes for 2,553 yards with 18 touchdowns and 10 interceptions over that span. He re-signed with B.C. following the 2007 campaign but began the '08 campaign as Pierce's backup.

Over his eight-year stint with B.C., Jackson earned two Grey Cup rings (2006, 2011). He finishes his Lions tenure having completed 499-of-919 passes for 7,032 yards with 51 touchdowns and 35 interceptions.

The 34-year-old native of Tupelo, Miss., also ran for 1,048 yards and eight touchdowns but also surrendered 20 fumbles.

Prior to signing with B.C., Jackson spent four seasons with the NFL's Denver Broncos.

Jarious Jackson (Photo: The Canadian Press)

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