Tarvaris Jackson, the Seahawks’ starting quarterback last season, is in the process of being traded to the Buffalo Bills, coach Pete Carroll confirmed tonight during a conference-call interview.
Jackson started 14 games in his only season with the Seahawks, after being signed in free agency. But he became expendable after the Seahawks signed Matt Flynn in free agency and then drafted Russell Wilson. Carroll announced tonight that Wilson will be the starter for the Sept. 9 regular-season opener against the Cardinals in Arizona, as well as Thursday night’s preseason finale against the Raiders at CenturyLink Field. Flynn will serve as the backup.
“We’ve worked hard on making the deal. It’s not completed yet,” Carroll said. “It’s been agreed upon. But there still is a little bit of paperwork to do. It’s scheduled to be done.”
Jackson had career-highs in attempts (450), completions (271), passing yards (3,091) and touchdown passes (14) last season, and did a lot of it despite playing the final 10 games with a torn pectoral in his throwing shoulder.
But he also had no TD passes, six interceptions and nine sacks in the final two minutes of halves, which helped prompt the club’s search that led it to Wilson and Flynn.
“Tarvaris, all that we’ve ever seen from him is that he’s a great competitor and a perfect guy to have on your team,” Carroll said. “Because of our situation and the opportunity with the guys that we have, he deserves a chance to be playing. Buffalo came after him and I hope it’s a good thing for him.
“He did a great job for us and proved everything you’d ever want to see out of a competitor on your team. We think the world of him.”
With the Bills, Jackson is expected to compete for the backup job to Ryan Fitzpatrick. Vince Young and Tyler Thigpen have been vying for that job.