Tarvaris Jackson on the Block: Where Will He Land?
The arrivals of Matt Flynn and Russell Wilson have all but shown Tarvaris Jackson the door.
Last season Jackson started 14 games for the Seahawks and led them to a 7-7 record under his watch. Impressively enough, he bolstered career highs in completion percentage, touchdowns and yards, all while playing through a torn pectoral muscle.
Does anyone remember what coach Carroll said when he acquired Jackson? Well if you don't, let me remind you."He has not been in a good situation. He's been jerked around. We wanted to put him in a stable situation."
Being demoted to third-string and put on the trading block doesn't really scream stable. However, the NFL is a business and Seattle needs to do everything they can to win now. San Francisco isn't slowing down any and another third place finish just isn't going to cut it.
While his days as a starter may be over in the emerald city, there are plenty of teams looking for a stable No. 2 quarterback. Why don't we take a look at who may have interest in the six year veteran.
3. Green Bay
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Graham Harrell is entering his second season with the Packers and has yet to see live game action. Is that really who you want backing up the best quarterback in the NFL if he goes down? I didn't think so.
What does Jackson offer the Packers that they don't already have? He brings experience to a group of backups that have never stepped on the field during a regular season game.
Current offensive coordinator Tom Clements has a very strong track record with successful No. 2 guys. Having hands-on development with Aaron Rodgers and Matt Flynn would make one think he could help Jackson with a few of his mechanical issues.
The odds of him actually ending up in Green Bay aren't very good, in light of the four million dollar salary he's owed.
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Ultimately, Seattle may not be able to trade Jackson and if that's the case I could see him catching on with the Dolphins.
David Garrard is currently laid up with a bad knee, so it only makes sense that they would bring in someone in to replace him if the injury lingers. The minimum deal for a veteran with Jackson's tenure is $810,000—not a bad deal if a team could get him at that price. Shoot, Brady Quinn is making $1.5 million to backup Cassel.
He will definitely be fresh as Seattle has made it clear they aren't going to play him in the preseason. They want to make sure his stock is at an all-time high by giving him first-team reps in practice and keeping him healthy by not playing him in games.
Jackson is definitely a Philbin type of guy. He is composed and brings a good attitude to the locker room day in and day out despite what's going on around him.
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Last, but definitely not least, the Arizona Cardinals. Is there any other team in the league that has such poor quarterback play?
I'm on record saying that John Skelton is far and above a better player than Kevin Kolb, but are either of those guys better than Jackson? Highly doubtful. Skelton is nice if you need him in a squeeze, however there's no way I trust him for 16 games.
Jackson possesses a better skill set than both. Not to mention him and Larry Fitzgerald are fond for each other based on the time they spend together at Fitzgerald's offseason camp.
Jim Trotter of Sports Illustrated tweeted this earlier today in response to questions about potential landing spots for Jackson:
if the seahawks actually seek to trade tarvaris jackson, i can tell you one place he definitely would be welcomed by players: arizona.
—Jim Trotter (@SI_JimTrotter) August 15, 2012
Would the Seahawks really trade him to a division rival?