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B.C. Lions release quarterback Jarious Jackson

B.C. Lions quarterback Jarious Jackson works during first quarter CFL action against the Toronto Argonauts in Toronto, on Friday, August 14, 2009. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darren Calabrese

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Travis Lulay's emergence as a top CFL quarterback has cost Jarious Jackson his job with the B.C. Lions.

Jackson was released by the Lions on Wednesday after spending seven years and 108 games on the West Coast. Jackson was used sparingly last season after Lulay took control of the offence and was voted the CFL's most outstanding player in 2011. On top of that, Lulay led the Lions to the Grey Cup championship at BC Place Stadium and was named the game's Most Valuable Player.

The Lions are negotiating a contract extension with Lulay.

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Jackson passed for 7,032 yards and 51 touchdowns with the Lions, who also have Mike Reilly and Corey Leonard at quarterback.

"Jarious' leadership was a significant part of our success over the past seven seasons and we owe him a great deal of thanks for his contributions to our organization," Lions' general manager Wally Buono said in a statememt. "He was a pleasure to coach and we wish him the very best in any future endeavors."

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