Tarvaris Jackson remains a free agent, but there is a good chance that the quarterback could re-sign with the Seattle Seahawks for the 2016 season.
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Pete Carroll Would Like to Bring Jackson Back
Monday, March 28
Jackson has played with Seattle since 2012, backing up starter Russell Wilson since 2013. He remains unsigned, but according to Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times, Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll would like him to be back on the sidelines again next season.
“We really liked his contributions and he’s been a big factor for us, and we would like to have him back if we could,’’ Carroll said.
Jackson has a few things in his favor, including the fact that he started 14 games for the team four years ago. Seattle is only carrying two quarterbacks, Wilson and Phillip Sims—who wasn't on an NFL roster a year ago—and the list of available free-agent quarterbacks doesn't resemble a Pro Bowl roster, per NFL on ESPN:
With Robert Griffin III signed here are some of the free-agent quarterbacks still available. pic.twitter.com/OMB5ybd7A9— NFL on ESPN (@ESPNNFL) March 25, 2016
Condotta wrote about a few options for Seattle, should it look elsewhere:
Seattle could look to the draft. But the Seahawks undoubtedly wouldn’t use too high of a pick for a player likely to be a backup. But given the high visibility of quarterbacks, it’s a fun parlor game to wonder if this might be the year the Seahawks would look to take someone at that spot in the later rounds (Seattle hasn’t drafted a QB since taking Wilson in 2012) and might cast their eye at one of the QBs with West Coast ties, such as Oregon’s Vernon Adams, USC’s Cody Kessler or Stanford’s Kevin Hogan, all generally regarded as mid-to-late-round picks.
As long as he's healthy, Wilson will be under center, but it's a good feeling for a head coach to know his No. 2 guy is a veteran who has been with the team for multiple years.
Jackson's 39 career touchdowns and 35 career interceptions won't turn heads, but considering the limited options for Seattle and the fact that the team knows there is no doubt whoever it signs will be the backup, it would make sense for the two sides to come to an agreement.