Tarvaris Jackson could become a Seahawk again. Jackson, 30, was cut early this week by the Buffalo Bills, the team that traded for him, and ESPN.com has reported that he probably will sign a one-year deal as soon as Thursday. Jackson would come back to a more orderly QB scene than when he was traded in August for a seventh-round draft choice.
Russell Wilson is in charge of the offense, if not the franchise, while the former backup, Matt Flynn, was traded.
Those two along with Jackson entered training camp a year ago in a three-way competition. Jackson was the incumbent, having earned respect from teammates and coaches for soldiering through a painful 2011 season with respectable numbers. But Flynn was signed as free agent in a $26 million deal, and precocious rookie Wilson overtook both vets with a powerful preseason and was a 16-game starter.
To back up Wilson this fall, the Seahawks signed a sixth-year veteran, Brady Quinn, but his production during OTAs and minicamp this week has not impressed. Quinn has 20 career starts with a 4-16 record and a completion percentage of 53 percent.
The Seahawks also have in camp Jarrod Johnson, a 6-foot-5 rookie from Texas A&M, who could be the third quarterback. The Seahawks cut Josh Portis in May after he was arrested for DUI.
Seahawks offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell worked with Jackson for four years in Minnesota, which figures to give him an edge over Quinn.
Jackson didn’t play a snap for the Bills in 2012, but figured to be in competition with veteran Kevin Kolb for a starting job. But the Bills drafted E.J. Manuel 16th in the first round and apparently saw enough to let the two compete for the starting job, despite signing Jackson four months earlier to a contract that paid him a $500,000 signing bonus and was worth $1.75 million if he made the roster.