The decision to get rid of Jackson came four days after the team announced the hiring of McKenzie as the team’s first general manager since the death of longtime owner Al Davis in October. McKenzie was to be formally introduced later Tuesday.
After starting 7-4, the Raiders lost four of their final five games to mark their ninth straight season without a winning record or a playoff berth. A late-game collapse at home to Detroit on Dec. 18 and a 38-26 loss to San Diego at home in the season finale did in the Raiders and ultimately Jackson.
Texans receiver Mason announces retirement
OWINGS MILLS, Md. — Veteran wide receiver Derrick Mason retired after 15 NFL seasons. The two-time Pro Bowl selection caught 943 career passes for 12,061 yards and 66 touchdowns.
Mason plans to pursue a career in broadcasting and has appeared on NFL Network recently.
Falcons’ defense could be hit hard in free agency
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. — The Falcons are in danger of losing many of their top defensive players as free agents.
Atlanta’s defensive statistical leaders who could be free agents are linebacker Curtis Lofton (tackles), defensive end John Abraham (sacks), safety Thomas DeCoud (interceptions) and cornerback Brent Grimes (passes defensed).
The Falcons have 20 players who can become free agents March 13, including 17 who would be unrestricted free agents. The unusually long list includes longtime starting center Todd McClure, backup quarterback Chris Redman, No. 3 receiver Harry Douglas, backup running back Jason Snelling and return specialist Eric Weems.View Entire Story
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