One of the more interesting quarterback battles in NFL training camp is the one going on out west with the Seattle Seahawks. They have incumbent Tarvaris Jackson, newly acquired and probable starter Matt Flynn, and intriguing rookie third-round draft pick Russell Wilson from Wisconsin.
Flynn signed a three-year, $26 million deal this past offseason, cashing in on a six touchdown performance in the last game of the season with the Green Bay Packers. It is not a blockbuster deal by any stretch, but you would think averaging over $8.5 million per year would grant you a starting job.
However, head coach Pete Carroll has yet to name a starter for Week 1. There are apparently some who believe that Jackson is on track to start, while others believe Flynn is the guy.
ESPN’s John Clayton actually believes Jackson could be cut when it is all said and done.
“Jackson plateaued as a quarterback in Minnesota and hasn’t gotten much better. Sure, he’s a good leader. Sure, he has a good arm. But he’s not very good in fourth quarters. He had an all-star team for years in Minnesota and couldn’t get them to 10 wins, which is why he lost starting jobs to Gus Frerotte and Brett Favre. I still believe Flynn will win the starting job in Seattle. The team will cut Jackson if he doesn’t take a paycut from his $4 million salary.”
I wouldn’t be surprised to see the Seahawks release Jackson, especially since they invested the money in Flynn and used a third-round pick on Wilson. Wilson and Flynn are not going anywhere, so Jackson could be the odd man out if he does not win the starting job.
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