There was just no room in Seattle for Tarvaris Jackson.
Let's take a look at this newest development.
UPDATE: Monday, August 27, 5:17 p.m. ET by Tim Keeney
Tarvaris Jackson to the Seahawks is official (via the Tacoma News Tribune's Eric Williams):
Jackson can now make his way to Buffalo to start preparing for the Bills' backup QB job.
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UPDATE: Monday, August 27, 10:40 a.m. ET by Donald Wood
After reaching a deal on a restructured contract with the Buffalo Bills, the reported trade between the Seattle Seahawks and the Bills for quarterback Tarvaris Jackson can now be completed.
NFL Network insider Albert Breer is reporting about the worth of the deal reached that made the trade official:
Tarvaris Jackson has reached a contract agreement w/Bills, which will complete the trade with Seattle. Can make up to $3 million this year.— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) August 27, 2012
Jackson was stuck in Seattle behind Matt Flynn and newly named starter Russell Wilson, and deserved better than being the third-string QB. The Seahawks granted Jackson’s desire to play by moving him elsewhere.
While Jackson will be competing for the backup job in Buffalo, there are few experts that believe current Bills backup Vince Young will beat out Jackson for the job.
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What it Means
Who is this trade good for?
From the Seahawks' perspective, this is far from surprising. The 'Hawks went out and signed Matt Flynn to a hefty contract in the offseason, and he may not even be the best QB in Seattle.
Russell Wilson's stellar preseason play in an effort to win the starting job—which has yet to be officially announced—really made the average-at-best Jackson expendable.
Regarding the Bills, I wouldn't really say this puts a ton of pressure on incumbent Ryan Fitzpatrick, who showed flashes of brilliance last season. T-Jax won't be taking his job any time soon, but this certainly says something about Buffalo's feelings toward backup Vince Young.
Young's days in the NFL could be numbered.
The next step is figuring out what exactly the Seahawks get in return. It will likely be a late draft pick, which isn't anything to drool over. But not so fast.
John Schneider and Pete Carroll have found some absolute steals in the later rounds of the past few drafts. The more picks for this squad, the better.
As for the Bills, they were on the brink of being a playoff squad last year, but couldn't quite hold on for the entire season. Ryan Fitzpatrick needs to take the next step as the team leader.
While this trade shouldn't affect the first-team offense, Tarvaris Jackson could be the the push Fitzpatrick needs to take that step. Whatever happens, it's a low-risk move, as Jackson comes relatively cheap and becomes a free agent after the season.
If Fitzpatrick's slight preseason struggles carry over into the season, Jackson will be waiting in the wings.