Report: Free agent QB Tarvaris Jackson set to reunite with Seahawks
The 30-year-old Jackson spent last season as the Buffalo Bills’ third-string quarterback, but did not appear in a single game last season. Jackson was waived by the Bills on Monday; as a result simplify the team’s quarterback situation and essentially pitting Kevin Kolb against E.J. Manuel in Buffalo. Before his release, Jackson had signed a one-year deal with the Bills earlier in February, believing he would have an opportunity to compete for a starting job this year.
The Bills had originally acquired Jackson in a trade with the Seahawks prior to the 2012 season. The Seahawks in turn settled for a settled for a conditional second-round draft pick.
Although Jackson was the Seahawks’ starting quarterback in 2011, he lost his job last season to 2012 third-round pick Russell Wilson.
Jackson is expected to immediately fit into the Seahawks’ offense, due to his familiarity with offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell, and still has a lot of respect in the locker room after he started 14 games in for the Seahawks in 2011, while serving as the team and playing through injuries. He finished the 2011 season with the Seahawks completing 60.2 percent of his passes for 3,091 yards, 14 touchdowns and 13 interceptions.
He will provide some wisdom for youngster Russell Wilson, who is entering his second season in the NFL, and is a more suitable option to replace Wilson starter in case of injuries later in the season. Additionally, following the Seahawks’ trade of Matt Flynn to the Oakland Raiders this offseason, Jackson is expected to be an early favorite in the competition for the backup job with Brady Quinn. From early reports, Quinn hasn’t been doing exactly too well thus far in camps and OTAs. The Seahawks also released quarterback Josh Portis in May.
Originally selected in the second-round out of Alabama by the Vikings in the 2006 NFL draft, Jackson has started 34 of 51 career games while spending time with the Vikings (mostly), Seahawks and Bills.
Jackson has completed 59.4 percent of his passes for 7,075 yards, 38 touchdowns and 31 interceptions during his NFL career.