Now, the former Kansas City Chief has a chance to prove his worth all over again.
"I wouldn't use that as motivation,'' Jackson said of his experience with the Chiefs. "This is a new team. We're going to have our own goals with the Falcons. ... I played in Kansas City for five years. I had some great times out there. But I've left that in the past. It's time for me to move on. I'm looking forward to having a great career with the Falcons and win a bunch of games.''
The Falcons invested in Jackson with a five-year, $25 million contract that included an $8 million signing bonus and a $1.5 million guaranteed base salary for 2014. He'll count $3.1 million against the cap this year.