Should Brett Favre Retire, Tarvaris Jackson Is Ready To QB the Minnesota Vikings

David KindervaterCorrespondent IApril 19, 2010

MINNEAPOLIS - DECEMBER 21:  Tarvaris Jackson #7 of the Minnesota Vikings passes the ball during an NFL game against the Atlanta Falcons at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome, on December 21, 2008 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  (Photo by Tom Dahlin/Getty Images)
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Just in case Brett Favre decides that being a grandfather means he really should finally retire from the National Football League (yeah, right), quarterback Tarvaris Jackson will be ready. Tarvaris signed his one-year, $1.176 million contract tender today, ensuring that he will be Brett's backup again in 2010.

Of course, the Vikes could add a rookie QB to the mix in this week's NFL Draft, but I don't see anyone, under any circumstances, jumping ahead of TJack on the depth chart.

The numbers haven't been that impressive—33 games, 21 TD passes, 18 INTs, and a career QB rating of 77.9. But Tarvaris has shown improvement—albeit slow improvement—to warrant the team's continued interest.

I'm not sure I would trust him as a starter for any length of time, but he's a decent backup quarterback who is fulfilling just that role. If the Vikes are forced to rely on TJack to lead them on the Super Bowl run they are so well-equipped for, however, it's anyone's guess what the end result would be.