Falcons offer no explanation for release of veteran Jackson

Updated: October 23, 2007, 6:32 PM ET
By Len Pasquarelli | ESPN.com

ATLANTA -- In a surprising move, the Atlanta Falcons released 11-year veteran nose tackle Grady Jackson on Tuesday.

Jackson, who had started in all 23 games since signing with the franchise as an unrestricted free agent in 2006, has long been regarded as one of the NFL's top interior defenders against the run.

No explanation was given for the release, but sources said Atlanta coaches felt that Jackson was not playing the scheme prescribed for him and was freelancing too ...

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