SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- The San Francisco 49ers waived receiver Darrell Jackson on Saturday after one unproductive season with the club.
"I always had a great deal of respect for Darrell," 49ers coach Mike Nolan said. "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."
San Francisco signed longtime Rams receiver Isaac Bruce as a free agent last month, adding another veteran who spent his entire career with a division rival. The 49ers also signed Bryant Johnson, the Arizona Cardinals' No. 3 receiver for the last five seasons, to play alongside Arnaz Battle and Ashley Lelie in what's been arguably the NFL's least impressive group of pass-catchers for the last few seasons.
The 49ers have fruitlessly searched for good veteran receivers during Nolan's three seasons with the club, with a spate of dismal signings that include aging standouts Johnnie Morton and Curtis Conway. San Francisco also got one tumultuous season from Antonio Bryant, who performed fairly well but earned a four-game suspension from the NFL late in the 2006 season, prompting the 49ers to dump him.
Last spring, they signed Lelie and took a chance on Jackson in a trade with Seattle for a fourth-round pick. Neither deal has worked out, with Lelie struggling to get playing time behind Battle and Jackson.
Jackson would have made $4 million next season in salary and bonuses. Bruce agreed to a two-year, $6 million deal two weeks ago.
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