Just received word from the 49ers that they have released receiver Darrell Jackson less than a year after sending a fourth-round pick to the Seahawks to acquire him. The news comes a day after the 49ers added free-agent receiver Bryant Johnson to the roster. The team also has added free-agent receiver Isaac Bruce in recent weeks.
The move is surprising. Days after adding Bruce, General Manager Scot McCLoughan said he thought Bruce and Jackson would be the team's top receivers in 2008. They certainly have the most experience. Jackson has nearly 7,000 receiving yards and 50 touchdown catches in eight seasons in the league.
After trading for Jackson, the 49ers' penciled him in as their No. 1 receiver. However, the 49ers' offense misfired from the beginning. Jackson had trouble getting open, the offensive line couldn't protect the quarterbacks and the 49ers finished with the worst offense in the league. With four different quarterbacks throwing to him, Jackson finished with 497 receiving yards and three touchdowns.
“I always had a great deal of respect for Darrell as a player in the NFL," coach Mike Nolan said in a statement. "I appreciated his dedication and work ethic during his season with the 49ers. He always had a positive attitude every day he came to work. While we are going in a different direction, I know he can still produce and be an asset to an NFL team this year.”
-- Matt Barrows