BY SPNW Staff 02:39PM 06/09/2015

Backup QB Jackson returns to Seahawks

The master of both coin flip and team-first, Tarvaris Jackson will return to the Seahawks to back up QB Russell Wilson, according to Fox Sports Tuesday. Jackson had been a free agent looking a chance to compete for a starting job, but finally accepted the Seahawks offer.

For two years, Jackson has had little action behind Wilson, who has not missed a game in three seasons. Jackson threw a single pass last season, and was 10 of 13 the year before, all in mop-up duty. He made $1.25 million last season, and may have taken less to return. Wilson’s fourth-year contract will pay him $1.5 million, unless he gets an extension.

Jackson started 14 games in 2011 and earned the respect of teammates and coaches for playing through injury. He spent 2012 in Buffalo and also did not play there.

The Seahawks have been operating in organized team activities this month with two QBs, Wilson and R.J. Archer, 33, who has not thrown a pass in the NFL. The third-string quarterback last year, B.J. Daniels, is being converted to a wide receiver and kick/punt returner.

An ESPN story Tuesday speculated that another free agent quarterback looking for work, Michael Vick, 35, might be a fit in Seattle if Jackson did not return. Vick played in 10 games with three starts last year with the Jets.


Unrestricted Free Agents

Date Player Action Skinny
3/8 TE Anthony McCoy Re-signed One year; injured last 2 seasons
3/10 CB Byron Maxwell Signed-Phil 6 years, $63 million: ($10.3 avg)
3/10 LG James Carpenter Signed-NYJ 4 years, $20 million
3/10 LB Malcolm Smith Signed-Oak 2 years, $7 million
3/12 DE O. Schofield Signed-Atl 9 QB hits, 2 sacks for ’14 Hawks
3/13 PR Bryan Walters Signed-Jax Primary punt returner in ’14
3/16 S Jeron Johnson Signed-Was $3.5 million over 2 years
3/19 TE Tony Moeaki Signed-Atl 6 games, 2 starts in ’14
3/19 DT D. Smith Re-signed Spent 2014 on injured reserve
3/27 LS Clint Gresham Re-signed Played in all 16 games
4/2 FB Will Tukuafu Re-signed Made 2 starts; also DL
4/2 DE D. Dobbs Re-signed 4 games in 2014
4/20 C Lemuel Jeanpierre Re-signed Played in 15 games in ’14
6/9 QB Tarvaris Jackson Re-signed Threw 1 pass in 2014

Restricted Free Agents

Date Player Action Skinny
3/6 DE Greg Scruggs Re-signed Injured reserve last 2 years (knee)
3/9 LB Mike Morgan Re-signed Played in 53 games since 2011
3/9 WR Ricardo Lockette Re-signed 11 catches, 2 TDs in ’14
3/9 CB DeShawn Shead Re-signed Played in 16 games with 1 start in ’14

Extensions / Restructures / Cuts

Date Player Action Skinny
3/6 RB Marshawn Lynch Extend. 3 years, $31 million; $12 million in 2015
3/6 TE Zach Miller Cut Played 3 games in ’14; had severe ankle injury
3/6 OT Garrett Scott Cut Waived due to a non-football heart condition

Remaining Unrestricted Free Agents

Player Pos. Age Current Avg. Skinny
Kevin Williams DT 34 $2,100,000 Considering retirement
Heath Farwell ILB 33 $1,125,000 Retiring to coach
Landon Cohen DT 28 $730,000 Played in one playoff game

Remaining Restricted Free Agents

Player Pos. Age Current Avg. Skinny
Stephen Shilling G 26 $645,000 Went on IR Nov. 10 (knee)
David Gilreath WR 26 $495,000 Didn’t play in 2014
Jermaine Kearse WR 25 $480,000 Winning TD in NFC Champ.

Free Agents Signed

Date Player Pos. From Skinny
3/9 Will Blackmon CB Jacksonville 12 starts for the Jaguars last 2 years
3/9 Cary Williams CB Philadelphia Deal is 3 years, $18 million
3/16 Jesse Williams DT Seattle Cut March 6, re-signed
3/19 Ahtyba Rubin DT Cleveland Better suited to Seattle’s 4-3


Date Player Pos. From Skinny
3/10 Jimmy Graham TE New Orleans Cost: C Max Unger, No. 1 pick






  • ll9956

    I’ve been wondering if there’s any chance that Zack Miller can make another try at passing a physical after further rehab. Any comments?

    • coug73

      I love the guy. He will have to beat out a younger TE who is already on the team. That’s if he is giving the chance with the Hawks.