By Nick Anderson: The Seattle Seahawks made a good move on Thursday in signing former Minnesota Vikings and Seahawks quarterback Tarvaris Jackson to a 1-year deal with the team for a still unknown amount of money. Jackson, a former 2nd round draft pick in 2006 for the Vikings, will be competing with Brady Quinn for the backup position behind Seahawks starter Russell Wilson.
It should be an interesting competition. Based on how well Jackson played for the Seahawks in 2011 as their starter, you would think that Jackson will land the job as Wilson’s backup. Quinn, a 1st round draft choice in 2007 for the Cleveland Browns, has failed to show the promise that he displayed in college while playing for Notre Dame.
Quinn’s accuracy has been poor in his four seasons in the NFL and he’s turned the ball over a lot. It would be surprising if he were able to settle down and starting showing the talent that he had in college at 28.
Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll said to Danny O’Neil of KIRO-AM “T-Jack’s [Tavaris Jackson] got a strong arm, he understands the system and he’s tough as nails. T-Jack is not going to come in here and just take a back seat. He’s going to come in here and go for it.”
Jackson wasn’t in the NFL last season, so there’s a possibility that he’ll have some rust that he’ll need to get rid of before he’s able to compete with Quinn. Carroll has been impressed with Quinn, as he’s done a good job in the OTAs. Whether that’ll continue when the official training camp for the Seahawks starts is a major question.
Jackson passed for 3,091 yards in 2011 on 271 of 450 pass attempts for the Seahawks. He completed 60.2 percent of his throws for a 79.2 passing rating. What hurt him were his 13 interceptions. If he hadn’t thrown those interceptions and not fumbled the ball 5 times, his passing rating would have been a lot higher.