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NFL NOTEBOOK: JACKSON SIGNS TWO-YEAR DEAL WITH DOLPHINS.

Byline: Daily News Staff and Wire Services

The Miami Dolphins signed Avengers wide receiver Chris Jackson to a two-year contract Tuesday.

This season, Jackson was the Arena Football League's Offensive Player of the Year after making 117 catches for 1,737 yards and 46 touchdowns.

Jackson spent the past four seasons with the Avengers, where he had 355 receptions for 4,992 yards and 113 touchdowns.

Jackson played in one NFL game last season for the Green Bay Packers and also played with the Tennessee Titans in 2000. He was on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' practice squad in 1998.

--NFL retains law firm: In a sign of the NFL's continuing interest in bringing pro football back to Los Angeles, the league has retained the L.A. law firm Latham & Watkins to do due diligence work on sites the league is considering for a new or renovated stadium - the Rose Bowl, Carson and the Coliseum.

The firm will not be looking into other deals, according to an NFL official, who called the retainer routine.

--Crouch tries kickoffs: Eric Crouch thinks he's a contender for one of Green Bay's three quarterback spots next season.

Yet the 2001 Heisman Trophy winner from Nebraska is willing play a different position in his pursuit of a regular NFL job, so he tried his hand at kickoff returns for the Packers.

--Bills sign Jett: Former Oakland Raiders receiver James Jett signed with the Buffalo Bills.

Jett was released by the Raiders last February after his playing time diminished over the past two seasons playing behind Jerry Rice, Tim Brown and Jerry Porter.

Jett, who started his career with the Raiders in 1993 when they were based in Los Angeles, caught 40 or more passes from 1996 to 1998. Jett's best year came in 1997, when caught 46 passes for 804 yards and 12 touchdowns.

--Browns give White four-year deal: Jamel White signed a four-year contract with the Cleveland Browns, ending speculation he would be traded or released after having his best season in 2002.

--Kirby becomes a Buccaneer: Running back Terry Kirby signed a one-year contract with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

The 11-year veteran spent the past three seasons with the Oakland Raiders, mostly as the team's kick returner.

--Broncos get Flowers: The Denver Broncos have signed former Pittsburgh Steelers safety Lee Flowers. The Broncos also signed quarterback Danny Kanell and cornerback Sam Young, both of whom spent last season in the Arena Football League.

--Vincent on hand: Troy Vincent reported to Philadelphia Eagles minicamp after missing Monday's practice for personal reasons. Bobby Taylor and Duce Staley remained absent.

--No Griese deal yet: Negotiations between former Denver quarterback Brian Griese and Miami continued, but it wasn't clear whether a deal could be completed before the end Thursday of the Dolphins' three-day quarterback school.

--Dolphins back has ankle surgery: Miami running back Robert Edwards, who made a remarkable comeback from a wrecked knee, underwent arthroscopic surgery to remove bone chips from his ankle.

--Chiefs cut Crockett: Cornerback Ray Crockett was released by the Kansas City Chiefs.

Crockett is a 14-year veteran cornerback whose best years came during Denver's Super Bowl championship seasons in 1997 and '98.

--Jets cut tight end: Jason Thomas was waived by the New York Jets after the team tried to convert the UNLV quarterback to tight end.
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Date:Jun 4, 2003
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