With the way this preseason is going, quarterback Tarvaris Jackson could be traded or released by the Seattle Seahawks within the next week and a half.
Originally drafted by the Minnesota Vikings, Jackson signed with the Seahawks in 2011 and was immediately handed the keys to the offense. And then Seattle signed former Green Bay Packers passer Matt Flynn and drafted Russell Wilson this offseason, apparently making Jackson the odd man out.
So what’s going to happen if Jackson gets sent packing by the Seahawks? Well, there appear to be some people who believe that the Vikings could have interest in bringing back their former starting quarterback.
“Assuming Flynn/Wilson are healthy after [Friday] game, expect Tarvaris Jackson to be traded [Saturday]. Many teams interested, [including] Miami, GB, Minn, SD,” Jason Cole of Yahoo! Sports said via Twitter.
Although this seems like a farfetched idea on the surface, the Vikings might see Jackson as a more-suitable backup than Joe Webb. Through the first two preseason games, Webb has been less-than-impressive as a passer (11-26, 93 yards, 52.5 QB rating) and isn’t developing the way the Vikings were hoping he would. Especially with injury-prone Christian Ponder as the starter, Minnesota might want more insurance than Webb can offer.
Jackson’s time in Minnesota was a roller coaster ride to say the least. After leading the Vikings to the playoffs in 2008, he was replaced by veteran Brett Favre and never regained his status as starter. The Seahawks came a knockin’ in 2011 and it appeared that ties were severed for good.
Now, two years later, it appears that the Vikings could be looking to rekindle the relationship that appeared to be burnt out. I guess desperate times do call for desperate measures.