Friday, March 12, 2004 - The Denver Broncos Friday signed free agent wide receiver Willie Jackson, Head Coach Mike Shanahan announced.
Jackson, 6-1, 212 pounds, is a nine-year NFL veteran who was out of football in 2003 after spending time with both Atlanta and Washington in 2002. In 113 career games (39 starts) he has caught 284 passes for 3,641 yards (12.8) and 28 touchdowns, and also excelled as a kick returner, posting a 21.4-yard average on 67 returns (1,432 yards). Jackson's most productive pro season came in 2001 with New Orleans when he started all 16 games and caught 81 passes for 1,046 yards (12.9) and five touchdowns.
The 32-year-old Jackson entered the NFL with Dallas in 1994 as a fourth-round draft choice (109th overall), before moving on to Jacksonville (1995-97), Cincinnati (1998-99) and New Orleans (2000-01). He was with Atlanta in 2002 from July 18 until Oct. 29, and with Washington from Oct. 31 until Nov. 12. In 12 combined games that season Jackson caught 25 passes for 257 yards (10.1) and one touchdown.
A native of Gainesville, Fla., Jackson was a first-team all-conference and honorable mention All-America receiver at Florida, where he finished his career as the Gators' second-leading pass-catcher with 162 catches for 2,172 yards (13.4). A graduate of P.K. Yonge High School in Gainesville, Jackson earned his bachelor's degree from Florida in telecommunications.
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