Odds on Where Seattle Seahawks QB Tarvaris Jackson Could Land
Tarvaris Jackson may be on the move once again.
According to Mike Florio of NBC Sports:
A source with knowledge of the situation tells PFT that the Seahawks are talking to a couple of teams about trading Jackson, and that a deal could happen.
In addition, Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports tweeted earlier this week:
Barring a Seattle QB getting hurt this week, look for Tarvaris Jackson to be shopped. Also wouldn't rule out Cards adding a QB before season— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) August 14, 2012
All this comes as no surprise. Despite Jackson coming off his best season as a pro, the Seattle Seahawks went out and got Matt Flynn while drafting Russell Wilson.
We could have presumed this current situation right after the 2012 NFL Draft. Therefore, let's now view some teams who could potentially try to bring in Jackson.
The Jacksonville Jaguars are a team where Tarvaris Jackson would have a legitimate chance to start.
Blaine Gabbert struggled as a rookie and he has much less room for error in 2012. Chad Henne on the other hand, is a seasoned veteran but his success hasn't been too extensive when compared to Jackson.
Not to mention Henne's 2011 season was cut short during the fourth game.
Jackson, however, played in 15 games last year (his most) and proved to be a decent game manager when backed by a strong running game. Well, the Jaguars provide that with Maurice Jones-Drew, although the star ball carrier remains a holdout, per Vito Stellino of the Florida Times-Union.
If anything, Jacksonville is also quite the distance from Seattle so Jackson would be able to get a fresh start in the AFC.
The Jaguars also present a top 10 defense from 2011 and are in a less competitive division.
Odds: 1 in 12
Green Bay Packers
Despite not having a chance to start in Green Bay, the Packers could certainly use Jackson and vice versa.
Right now neither Graham Harrell nor B.J. Coleman have any NFL experience and the cheese need someone with just that. Coleman, though, is obvious since he's just a rookie, but Jackson could beat out Harrell for the No. 2 spot.
He has more mobility than Harrell, which does bode well in Green Bay's offense as Aaron Rodgers is quite elusive himself. And with the Pack being Super Bowl contenders, Jackson would have a shot at a ring while developing even more under center.
After Rodgers for Brett Favre and Seattle landing Matt Flynn, Titletown knows how to create opportunities.
Jackson is only 29-years-old as well, so a year or two with the cheese would simply make him a more appealing player thereafter.
Odds: 1 in 10
New York Giants
Getting a backup quarterback is one area of need that goes a little overlooked for the New York Giants.
Yes, David Carr has solid NFL experience and was a starter for his first five years. Since kickoff of the 2007 season, however, Carr has appeared in just 16 games while not seeing the field in 2011.
At age 33 the former No. 1 overall pick in 2002 is well past his prime and Big Blue at least needs a young backup with experience.
Which is where Jackson comes into play.
Contrary to Carr, Jackson played much more last season and wouldn't be the worst backup option for New York's immediate future. Again, the Giants are a legitimate Super Bowl contending team and although Jackson wouldn't start, it's never a bad thing to learn under a two-time Super Bowl MVP.
Much like what the Packers could do for him, the Giants would be an eerily similar situation.
Odds: 1 in 20
St. Louis Rams
An inter-division trade would certainly be tough to pull off from the Rams' perspective, but Jackson would only help.
Sam Bradford pulled a 180-degree turn for the worse in 2011 (even when healthy) after a great rookie campaign, and Kellen Clemens has played in just four games over the past two seasons.
In short, the Rams need stronger competition at quarterback to decipher their situation.
Jackson is a better option to back Bradford than Clemens for one. Secondly, he could also realistically challenge Bradford to start.
Either way, both quarterbacks would simply improve from the in-house competition, and the St. Louis offense improves that little bit. Coming off a season where he had a 60.2 completion percentage, Jackson did develop enough to deserve a chance at remaining a starting signal-caller.
And it's not like the Rams have anything to lose. The rest of the NFC West remains a few steps ahead—at the very least—and the Rams are still rebuilding.
Odds: 1 in 17
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