Jets Should Avoid Tarvaris Jackson, Look to Draft a QB

Chris TrapassoAnalyst IJanuary 20, 2013

Dec 24, 2011; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Seahawks quarterback Tarvaris Jackson (7) passes the ball during the 2nd half against the San Francisco 49ers at CenturyLink Field. San Francisco defeated Seattle 19-17. Mandatory Credit: Steven Bisig-USA TODAY Sports
Steven Bisig-USA TODAY Sports

After laboring through a catastrophically humiliating season with Mark Sanchez under center, the last thing the New York Jets need is another inept quarterback. 

According to per the words of Adam Schefter, "Jets G.M. John Idzik has always been a believer in Tarvaris Jackson, who was the Seahawks’ starter in 2011 while Idzik was Seattle’s V.P. of football administration."

No, Jackson wasn't absolutely horrible during his time as the starter in Seattle, throwing for nearly 3,100 yards with 14 touchdown and 13 interceptions, but his presence wouldn't improve New York's ghastly quarterback situation. 

Instead, the Jets need to focus their attention on acquiring a signal-caller in the upcoming NFL draft. 

Due to the guaranteed money Sanchez is owed in 2013—$8.25 million to be exact—in all likelihood, he's not going anywhere. 

Actually, as unfathomable as it may seem, there's a chance he begins the season as the first-string quarterback. 

While Jackson's NFL experience, career arc and familiarity with the Jets' new GM may make him a prime candidate to come in, compete for the starting job and, at the very least, stick as a steady backup, Gang Green has to start planning for the future. 

A rookie quarterback, over the course of three years, would be just as cost-effective and would, obviously, represent considerably more upside at the game's most vital position than Jackson would.

Why not give a 2013 draftee the chance to battle with Sanchez in training camp? If the youngster isn't ready, would providing him time to learn the intricacies of playing QB at the professional level be a bad development?

Whether it's a signal-caller in Round 1 or Round 3, drafting a prospect would represent a far better investment for a team that desperately needs fresh blood at the quarterback spot.