B.C. Lions release veteran receiver Paris Jackson, re-sign Dante Marsh
B.C. Lions' Paris Jackson, right, fails to make the catch in the end zone as Saskatchewan Roughriders' Omarr Morgan defends during a CFL football game in Vancouver, B.C., on October 31, 2010. (Darryl Dyck / THE CANADIAN PRESS)
The Canadian Press
Published Friday, February 21, 2014 5:53PM EST
Last Updated Friday, February 21, 2014 6:53PM EST
VANCOUVER -- The B.C. Lions parted ways with Paris Jackson on Friday, granting the veteran Canadian receiver his release so that he could pursue other CFL opportunities.
A Vancouver native who was the Lions' first selection (sixth overall) in the 2003 CFL draft, Jackson played 185 regular-season games with B.C., catching 420 passes for 5,757 yards and 31 touchdowns.
Meanwhile, the club also announced it has re-signed defensive back Dante Marsh.
Jackson recorded back-to-back 1,000-yard campaigns with the Lions in 2008 and 2009, but saw his role within B.C.'s offence diminish drastically.
The 33-year-old was used primarily on special teams the last three seasons and caught just 10 passes for 97 yards in 18 games in 2013.
The 34-year-old Marsh has played 10 seasons with the Lions. The Oakland, Calif., native had 73 tackles and three interceptions in 2013.
Marsh is the club's all-time leader in total tackles with 579 over 169 regular-season games.