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The Detroit Lions announced today that they have released DT Marcus Bell, DT Tyoka Jackson and TE Marcus Pollard.
Bell (6-2, 325) was claimed off waivers by Detroit June 11, 2004 and then signed to a three-year contract March 30, 2005. He spent his first three NFL seasons with Arizona who drafted him with their second selection of the fourth round (123rd overall) of the 2001 NFL Draft.
Last season, Bell had a career-high 52 tackles (21 solo) in addition to a sack and a forced fumble while playing in 13 games with seven starts. He was placed on the Reserve/Injured list (December 18) with a hand injury.
As a senior at Memphis in 2000, Bell was an integral part of the Tigers' top-ranked rushing defense while anchoring the defensive line and earning first-team all-Conference USA honors.
Jackson (6-2, 280) helped provide veteran leadership for the Lions defensive line in 2006 after signing with the team just before the NFL Draft (April 26). In his 12th NFL season, he was a regular in Detroit's defensive line rotation and finished with 30 tackles (18 solo) and 2.0 sacks (11 yards lost) while playing 15 games. Prior to joining the Lions, Jackson spent five seasons in St. Louis.
While in St. Louis, Jackson played in 78 games (five starts) as a regular in the Rams' defensive line rotation. Last season, he played in all 16 games (two starts) and had 30 tackles (14 solo) and 2.5 sacks (8 yards). He set single-season career highs during the 2003 season with 45 tackles and 5.5 sacks (35.0 yards) while playing all 16 games (three starts).
Jackson signed with Tampa Bay prior to the 1996 season and had his first career start at Detroit (September 8 ) where he recorded a season-high four tackles. He saw the most significant action of his career in 1998 when he played in all 16 games and had a career-high 12 starts during which he garnered 35 tackles (22 solo) and 3.0 sacks (39 yards).
Before joining the Buccaneers, Jackson had stints with Atlanta and Miami. He originally signed with the Falcons as an undrafted rookie free agent in 1994 where he spent the preseason and then eight games on their practice squad. The Dolphins signed Jackson to their active roster November 16, 1994 and he played in one regular season game and two playoff games. In 1995, he spent training camp with Miami but was not with a team during the regular season.
Jackson played four years at Penn State and led the school in sacks twice (1991, 1993). He received all-America honorable mention for Football News and first-team all-Big 10 conference honors as a senior after finishing with 41 tackles and 8.0 sacks. Jackson was born in Washington D.C. and played high school football at Bishop McNamara High in Forrestville, MD.Pollard (6-3, 250) signed a three-year contract with Detroit March 7, 2005. In his first season with the Lions, he led the team with 46 receptions (516 yards) after playing and starting all 16 games. Last season, Pollard finished with 12 receptions for 100 yards.
Before joining the Lions, Pollard spent 10 seasons with the Indianapolis Colts where he caught on as an undrafted rookie free agent in 1995. He tallied 263 receptions for 3,391 yards (12.9 avg.) and 35 touchdowns in 146 games (104 starts) for Indianapolis. Pollard's 263 receptions rank second among Colts' tight ends in team history (John Mackey, 320). In post-season action, he has played in 11 games (eight starts) and recorded 16 catches for 225 yards (14.1 avg.) and one touchdown. Pollard played in two AFC Championship games for the Colts following the 1995 and 2003 seasons.
As a collegian at Bradley, Pollard was a two-year starter at power forward on the basketball team and did not play college football. He finished with career totals of 424 points (7.3 avg.) and 289 rebounds (5.0 avg.) in 58 games (49 starts). Pollard transferred to Bradley after two years at Seward County Community College (Liberal, Kan.), where he was a two-year starter and averaged 15.5 points/game and 9.5 rebounds/game as a sophomore.
After today's trades, the Lions have the following selections in the 2007 NFL Draft:After today's trades, the Lions have the following selections in the 2007 NFL Draft:After today's trades, the Lions have the following selections in the 2007 NFL Draft:First RDÂ #2
After today's trades, the Lions have the following selections in the 2007 NFL Draft:First RDÂ #2Second RD #34
Third RDÂ #66
Fourth RDÂ #97
Fifth RDÂ #129
Fifth RDÂ #135
Fifth RDÂ #144
Fifth RDÂ #148
Four fifth rounders!