Tarvaris Jackson is officially with the Seattle Seahawks again. The team’s 2011 starting quarterback agreed to contract terms on Thursday with the signing being official the next day.
There was speculation that Jackson would return to the Seahawks after the Bills released him on Tuesday. The quarterback flew to Seattle on Thursday, underwent a physical, then signed his contract.
To make room on their roster for Jackson, the Hawks released quarterback Jerrod Johnson. Coach Pete Carroll expressed his excitement at the return of the former starter. Jackson will compete with Brady Quinn to be starting quarterback Russell Wilson’s backup.
On Thursday Carroll stated:
“I think it’s a great boost for us in a competitive sense. We thought of Tarvaris as a tremendously tough football player and competitive kid that battled for us.”
Jackson was signed by the Seahawks in 2011 when he was a free agent. He was named the starter after the 136-day lockout. Jackson’s knowledge of defensive coordinator Darrell Bevell’s system gave the team a competitive edge.
But Jackson became expendable last year when Matt Flynn was signed and Wilson was added during the draft. The Bills re-signed Jackson this off season, only to release him soon after.
Flynn’s trade to the Raiders in April gave Quinn the opportunity to fill his role as the Seahawks’ backup quarterback. That gave Carroll the opportunity to again sign Tarvaris Jackson. The Hawks head coach added that the team decided to seize the opportunity to re-sign Jackson, adding, “And he’ll be able to help us.”
And Jackson will help the team. He will compete with Quinn to be the backup for starter Wilson. Jackson started 14 games, but he played the last half of the season with an injured pectoral in his passing chair. Jackson also passed for 3,091 yards and made 14 touchdowns.
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