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Seahawks work, ex-Gator watches

By Associated Press
Published April 2, 2003

KIRKLAND, Wash. - Free-agent receiver Darrell Jackson watched Tuesday as the Seahawks opened passing camp without him. He insisted his absence from drills should not alarm fans.

"I know I'll be back here," he said. "Seattle loves me. I love Seattle."

Jackson, a restricted free agent, couldn't practice because he hasn't signed Seattle's $1.3-million tender offer. Other teams have until April 18 to submit offers to his agent.

"It's just the business part of football," said Jackson, a standout at Tampa Catholic High and the University of Florida.

The Seahawks aren't too concerned about losing one of their brightest young standouts. A team that signed Jackson would have to compensate Seattle with a first-round draft pick.

"He knows he's one of my guys," coach Mike Holmgren said. "I don't anticipate any problems with that at all."

Jackson visited the Jets last month as Laveranues Coles was poised to move to the Redskins for a $35-million contract that included a $13-million signing bonus. The Jets declined to match the offer, settling instead on Curtis Conway. So Jackson's visit to New York was little more than a flirtation.

In three NFL seasons, Jackson has 2,671 yards and 18 touchdowns, averaging 14.4 yards per catch. BRONCOS: Ed McCaffrey is recovering from hernia surgery performed last month. The 34-year-old wide receiver is expected to return to full workouts after a two- to three-month recovery process.

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