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Draft Scout Tarvaris Jackson News
06/11/13 - QB Tarvaris Jackson could be headed back to the Seattle Seahawks.
The seven-year pro was cut by Buffalo on Monday, as the Bills narrowed the competition for the starting quarterback job to veteran Kevin Kolb and first-round draft choice E.J. Manuel.
Jackson re-signed with Buffalo this offseason on a one-year that included a $500,000 signing bonus.
First reported by ESPN, a team source confirmed that Jackson had a planned visit to Seattle this week. He entered last season in a three-way competition with Russell Wilson and Matt Flynn for the Seahawks' starting job, but was traded to Buffalo when it was clear he had fallen to third on the depth chart.
If re-signed, Jackson likely would compete with Brady Quinn for the backup job to Russell Wilson.
In his only season with Seattle, Jackson played most of the 2011 season with a torn pectoral muscle, finishing 7-7 as the team's starter.
Jackson also is very familiar with Seattle's offense, having played for offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell for his first five seasons in the league with Minnesota.
Seahawks wide receiver Doug Baldwin has an affinity for Jackson because of the success he had with the Alabama State product during his rookie season, leading the Seahawks in receptions two years ago.
"He's loved in the locker room because of what he did for us in 2011," Baldwin said. "He fought through injuries, and was able to put his best foot forward out on the field. And like I said, the guys in the locker room love him. And he's got unbelievable knowledge about the game."
Baldwin believes there is a possibility that Jackson returns to Seattle. He talked with Jackson on Monday after he was released.
"He was a little distraught about the situation," Baldwin said. "But he's got his spirits up. He's just looking for the next opportunity, and hopefully it's with the Seattle Seahawks."
06/10/13 - QB Tarvaris Jackson was released by the Buffalo Bills.
Acquired from Seattle during training camp last year, Jackson didn't see any game action in 2012 while serving as Ryan Fitzpatrick's backup.
He was expected to compete with free-agent pickup Kevin Kolb until the Bills used a first round pick on EJ Manuel in April. With head coach Doug Marrone praising Manuel's quick development during the offseason program, it became clear Kolb or Jackson was likely to be the odd-man out.
Releasing Jackson now gives the eighth-year veteran a better opportunity to hook on with another team to compete for a backup job in training camp than he would have received in Buffalo.
Jackson, 30, has played in 51 career games, posting a 77.7 passer rating with 38 touchdowns and 35 interceptions.
12/13/12 - QB Tarvaris Jackson, Seattle's starter last season who was traded to the Bills, has played a key role this week in preparations for playing his old team. "We have talked to him a lot about personnel more than anything," coach Chan Gailey said. "Not scheme, but more personnel and what he feels about their guys' strengths and weaknesses. We have talked to him a lot."
08/26/12 - QB Tarvaris Jackson will be traded by Seattle to the Buffalo Bills for an undisclosed draft pick, ESPN.com reported Sunday. The Bills are attempting to finalize a new contract with Jackson, according to the report. While starting 14 games for Seattle in 2011, Jackson completed 60.2 percent of his passes with 14 touchdowns and 13 interceptions.
08/14/12 - QB Tarvaris Jackson, who was Seattle's starting quarterback last season, will not play in the Seahawks' second preseason game on Saturday against Denver. However, coach Pete Carroll told reporters on Tuesday that Jackson is still in the competition to be the Seahawks' regular-season starter. Jackson did not play in the team's first preseason game either. He is competing with Matt Flynn and Russell Wilson, who will see all the action in Saturday's game.