Boerigter, Jackson sign with new teams

Grady Jackson

Marc Boerigter didn't stay unemployed for long. Grady Jackson stayed unemployed long enough to miss the training camp he so dreads.

Marc Boerigter was released by the Packers on Tuesday, failing to impress at wide receiver after being signed as a free agent in late March. Less than 24 hours later, he had latched on with the Indianapolis Colts, meaning he went from Brett Favre to Peyton Manning as his quarterback.

"It's a no-lose situation to go there. Eight hours ago, I didn't have a job," he told the Calgary Sun. Boerigter made his professional debut with the Calgary Stampeders of the CFL.

Boerigter hopes to fill in as the Colts' fourth receiver, behind Marvin Harrison, Reggie Wayne and the injured Brandon Stokley.

Boerigter, who played sparingly in the first two preseason games, said he "wasn't devastated at all" to be released by the Packers. "I knew it was coming, and I was happy it was over so I could move on."

He leaves with some good memories.

Taking about Favre, Boerigter said, "He's just like a kid out there. He just loves being out on the field. A great guy."

Atlanta, meantime, beefed up its defensive line with the addition of the 355-pound Jackson.

The defensive tackle spent the previous three seasons in Green Bay before the Packers elected to sign Ryan Pickett in free agency rather than bring back Jackson.

The Falcons are counting on Jackson to do what he did in Green Bay: stuff the run. The Falcons finished 26th in the league against the run and went 1-7 when allowing a 100-yard rusher.

He must pass his physical before the three-year contract is complete.

"If that happens, I think that's a big addition to our run defense," Falcons coach Jim Mora said. "He's a body type we don't have. Hopefully, by the end of (Thursday), it's all smiles around here on that one."

Jackson, 33, had 54 tackles last season, when he started all 16 games. In 2004, when he missed five consecutive early-season games, the Packers went 1-4. In the 10 games he played, the Packers went 8-3.

"Obviously, I think it's very good for me and all our linebackers," standout linebacker Keith Brooking said. "You're talking about a big body, but more than just a big body, that guy can play football. That's what we need. We need players on this football team and that guy can play."

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