The news value, released on a Friday afternoon,
will ultimately make it a footnote in the grand scheme of their
off-season rebuilding program, but what Paris Jackson did during
his 11 seasons for the Lions at least rates at least a paragraph
The 33-year-old was granted his release by the Lions, marking an
end of sorts and the start of another. Jackson was the first
player drafted by Wally Buono when the new regime arrived in
2003, and for the first two-thirds of his tenure had the kind of
career any Canadian kid could be proud of when it ultimately
comes to a close.
The Carson Graham grad had two, 1,000-yard seasons, in 2008-09,
but all through his stay grew with the Lions physically and
mentally. For outsiders, it was refreshing to see a boy grow
into a man. A hothead at some points, a leader at others,
Jackson did as he was asked, blossoming as a physically gifted
receiver at his peak.
The last three seasons was nothing short of an embarrassment, as
the Lions both marginalized his role in the offence and cut his
salary. But for the most part, Jackson stayed silent,
understanding from watching others over the years how to make a
contribution on the field when called upon and act in the locker
There was no way he would remain with the Lions after the club
drafted S.J. Haidara last season and traded for Kito Poblah a
month ago, and Jackson knew it, asking for his status to be
dealt with repeatedly the last several weeks. The end came
today, or as TSN reported, on Wednesday, when Jackson asked
Buono if he was going to be considered part of the offence and
requested his walking papers when told once again he wasnít.
Itís far too early in the off-season to think he wonít find work
The Lions also announced a contract extension for Dante Marsh,
who got the reworked deal through 2015 that Korey Banks couldnít
get from the club, but likely isnít also deluded because of what
happened to his former teammate that his stay with the Lions
through next season is guaranteed.
But as one veteran got to stay, another should at least be
saluted for his accomplishments as he leaves.