Tarvaris Jackson officially signed

Tarvaris Jackson

It’s official, Tarvaris Jackson is a member of the Seahawks. Again.

The team’s starting quarterback in 2011 agreed to contract terms late Thursday and the signing became official today. To clear a spot on the 90-man roster, quarterback Jerrod Johnson was released.

There was speculation about Jackson’s return as soon as the Bills released him on Tuesday. Jackson flew to Seattle on Thursday, was given a physical and then a contract.

Coach Pete Carroll is happy to have him back, and competing with Brady Quinn to be the backup to starting QB Russell Wilson.

“I think it’s a great boost for us in a competitive sense,” Carroll said Thursday. “We thought of Tarvaris as a tremendously tough football player and competitive kid that battled for us.”

That was in 2011, when Jackson was signed in free agency following the 136-day lockout and named the starter because of he had played under offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell in Minnesota when both were with the Vikings. Without an offseason, Jackson’s knowledge of, and comfort with, the system Bevell was installing with the Seahawks gave the team a competitive edge, as Carroll put it at the time.

Jackson started 14 games, but played the second half of the season with an injured pectoral in his passing shoulder. He passed for 3,091 yards and 14 touchdowns.

But after Matt Flynn was signed in free agency and Wilson added in the draft last year, Jackson became expendable and was traded to the Bills. Despite not playing a snap last season, the Bills re-signed Jackson this offseason, only to release him.

With Flynn being traded to the Raiders in April, and Quinn signed to fill his role as the backup, the chance to reacquire Jackson and spike the competition for the No. 2 spot was one Carroll and general manager John Schneider couldn’t pass up.

“We’re seizing the opportunity that one of our guys is out there and we can bring him back in,” Carroll said. “And he’ll be able to help us.”

Tarvaris Jackson released by Buffalo Bills

Tarvaris Jackson

Tarvaris Jackson, the Seahawks’ starting quarterback in his only season with the club, has been released by the Bills, it was announced on the team’s website today.

The Seahawks traded Jackson to the Bills last August, on the same day coach Pete Carroll announced that rookie Russell Wilson had won the Seahawks’ starting job. Jackson did not play last season for the Bills, but was re-signed this offseason.

In 2011, after signing with the Seahawks in free agency, Jackson passed for 3,091 yards and 14 touchdowns. But last summer he lost the starting job to Wilson and the backup job to Matt Flynn, who was signed in free agency last March and traded to the Raiders this offseason.

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On this date: Russell Wilson plays his way into QB competition

Russell Wilson

A look at a memorable moment in Seahawks history that occurred on May 13:

2012: At the conclusion of the team’s three-day rookie minicamp, coach Pete Carroll announces that Russell Wilson will join the competition for the starting quarterback job with free-agent addition Matt Flynn and incumbent starter Tarvaris Jackson. “Here’s what I’m going to say about it, he’s going to be in the competition,” Carroll said of Wilson, who had been selected in the third round of the NFL Draft. “He’s shown us enough, he’s in the competition.” Wilson ended up not only winning the competition, Jackson was traded to the Bills last September and Flynn was traded to the Raiders this April.

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Seahawks agree to terms with QB Brady Quinn

Brady Quinn

The Seahawks took a look at four quarterbacks on Monday in their search for a backup to Russell Wilson. Today, they settled on one: Brady Quinn.

The former first-round draft choice of the Browns agreed to terms with the Seahawks today.

The club also had Matt Leinart, Seneca Wallace and Tyler Thigpen in for workouts and visits. Leinart, the 10th pick in the 2006 NFL Draft, played for Seahawks coach Pete Carroll at USC; while Wallace played seven seasons for the Seahawks after being a fourth-round draft choice in 2003.

But in the end, it was Quinn, who entered the league as the 22nd pick in the 2007 draft by the Browns and also has been with the Broncos (2010-11) and Chiefs (2012). He passed for 1,141 yards last season while making eight starts for Kansas City, but had two touchdown passes compared to eight interceptions.

The Seahawks were looking for a backup to Wilson, a third-round draft choice last year, after Matt Flynn was traded to the Raiders last week. The club also re-signed Josh Portis last week.

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Backup QBs on the move

Matt Flynn

The QB carrousel in the NFL has been working overtime, especially when it comes to backups.

While the moves of Alex Smith (49ers to Chiefs), Carson Palmer (Raiders to Cardinals) and Matt Flynn (Seahawks to Raiders) into likely starting jobs have generated the most interest, even more interesting is the activity when it comes to the No. 2 spot at the No. 1 position.

Check out these teams that have made moves with their backups:

Team                  Backup was                             Backup is

Cardinals            Kevin Kolb/John Skelton       Drew Stanton

Falcons               Luke McCown                         Dominique Davis

Buffalo               Tyler Thigpen                          Tarvaris Jackson

Bengals               Bruce Gradkowski                 John Skelton/Josh Johnson

Browns               Colt McCoy                              Jason Campbell

Bears                   Jason Campbell                      Josh McCown

Colts                    Drew Stanton                         Matt Hasselbeck

Chiefs                  Brady Quinn                           Chase Daniel

Jets                      Greg McElroy                         David Garrard

Vikings                Joe Webb                                Matt Cassel

Saints                  Chase Daniel                           Luke McCown

Steelers              Charlie Batch                           Bruce Gradkowski

49ers                   Alex Smith                               Colt McCoy

Seahawks           Matt Flynn                               To be determined

Buccaneers        Dan Orlovsky                           To be determined

Titans                  Matt Hasselbeck                    Ryan Fitzpatrick

Which teams improved themselves the most in all this shuffling? Don Banks at SI.com weighs in with his rankings, which have Fitzpatrick, Cassel, Hasselbeck, Garrard and Campbell in the Top 5 – and in that order.

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Finally, some overdue love for John Schneider

John Schneider

In a word, “No.” In two words, “No way.” If you need three words, how about: “Are you kidding?”

We figured we’d answer the question in the teaser for Jason La Canfora’s feature at CBSSports.com – Is there a better NFL personnel guy right now than Seattle’s John Schneider? – before actually getting into what he had to say about the Seahawks’ general manager.

La Canfora points out the obvious, which is too often overlooked when it comes to Schneider. Maybe it’s because Schneider looks too young to be running a NFL franchise. Maybe it’s that old stigma of doing all that he’s doing in Seattle, a remote outpost on the NFL landscape. Maybe the XXXL-sized shadow cast by coach Pete Carroll.

Whatever the reason, it’s nice to see Schneider getting his due – some overdue due.

Writes La Canfora: “John Schneider might be the most aggressive general manager in the NFL, and, in my estimation, no one has done a better job evaluating talent and manipulating the draft, trades and free agency since he took over the Seahawks in 2010. …

“So, here in early April, I challenge anyone to find a team that made better calculated moves than Seattle and Schneider. I am a huge Percy Harvin guy, and felt he could be an absolute difference-maker, particularly if a team with a dynamic quarterback like Russell Wilson or Colin Kaepernick landed him. Turns out Harvin can now line up alongside Wilson and Marshawn Lynch. Yes, the price in terms of draft picks was high – but Schneider also did well to recoup picks and clear up budget space by spinning backup quarterback Matt Flynn to Oakland – and there was no way the Seahawks were going to get a talent anything close to what Harvin provides picking where they were in this draft.

“I love the move, and while I understand Harvin has warts, I don’t see him clashing with Pete Carroll or being a persistent problem child in Seattle. He’s making what he’s worth; he’s content and has been migraine free for quite some time. His versatility and game-breaking skills at several receiver spots, running back and on special teams cannot be overstated.

“Seattle also had a need at pass rusher and landed Cliff Avril – and another player just hitting his prime and perhaps the best rusher on the market – and at a bargain-basement rate. They added Michael Bennett for good measure on a prove-it deal, wisely allowing the market to set before wading in. All the while, I continue to hear edge rusher Chris Clemons is making great progress recovering from knee surgery. When you consider this team was looking Super Bowl-worthy already, plus all of Wilson’s upside, a big tip of the cap to Schneider.”

All we can add to this is, “Yeah” and “It’s about time someone noticed the job Schneider is doing, and has done.”

Like last year. Schneider and staff got Lynch and run-stuffing/kick-blocking defensive end Red Bryant re-signed before they could become hot commodities in free agency. And can Schneider ever get enough credit for seeing things in Wilson that others couldn’t, or refused to because he’s “too short to play in this league?”

The answer to that last question, of course, is the same as those offered to the first question: “No.” “No way.” “Are you kidding?”

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Josh Portis signs two-year deal

Josh Portis

Quarterback Josh Portis has signed a two-year deal with the Seahawks, the team announced this evening.

The Seahawks are familiar with Portis, who originally signed as an undrafted rookie free agent out of California University (Pa.) on July 26, 2011.

The 6-foot-3, 211-pound Portis spent his rookie year on Seattle’s 53-man roster behind Tarvaris Jackson and Charlie Whitehurst. He saw action in the preseason and was active for one game during the regular season (10/23) when Jackson could not play due to injury, serving as a backup to Whitehurst in a loss to the Cleveland Browns.

Portis was released during the Seahawks’ final roster cut down in September before the 2012 season and then added to the team’s practice squad, where he spent time until he was released after the team’s Week 12 game against the Miami Dolphins. That move left Russell Wilson and Matt Flynn as the only two quarterbacks on Seattle’s roster.

Now, two days after Flynn has been traded to the Oakland Raiders, Wilson and Portis makeup the current players at the quarterback position for Seattle.

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Matt Flynn traded to Oakland Raiders

Matt Flynn

The Seahawks have finalized a trade that sends Matt Flynn to the Raiders for a pair of draft choices, it was announced this morning.

In exchange of the sixth-year quarterback, the Seahawks will receive a fifth-round pick in the 2014 NFL Draft and a conditional pick in the 2015 draft. Flynn was signed in free agency last year, but threw only nine passes in the regular season after rookie Russell Wilson won the starting job with strong efforts in training camp and impressive performances during the preseason.

Word of the possible trade surfaced on Friday, but no deal was reached over the weekend as the Raiders were exploring trade options for veteran starter Carson Palmer, who could end up with the Cardinals.

Trading Flynn, who started two games in his first four NFL seasons as Aaron Rodgers’ backup with the Packers, leaves the Seahawks with Wilson as the only quarterback on their roster.

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GM John Schneider gives little weight to Michael Bennett’s rotator cuff injury

John Schneider

Audio file – General Manager John Schneider on 950 KJR AM:

Seahawks general manager John Schneider joined 950 KJR AM’s Mitch in the Morning show with host Mitch Levy yesterday to discuss an array of offseason topics – the trade for Percy Harvin, the free agent signings of defensive ends Cliff Avril and Michael Bennett, and what the future holds for backup quarterback Matt Flynn.

If case you missed the interview, we’ve embedded the entire segment between Schneider and Levy above, but one of the more newsworthy pieces to come out of the conversation was on Bennett, who ESPN’s Adam Schefter recently reported had been diagnosed with a torn rotator cuff.

“It is true,” Schneider told Levy of the report. “I do know he [Bennett] played every game last year with [the injury], that’s the understanding. Our medical staff felt comfortable with it, especially on a one-year deal.”

Schneider went on to say that Bennett’s injury would need to be repaired at some point, but not anytime in the near future. He fully expects Bennett to play with the injury as he did throughout 2012, when he racked up 9.0 sacks and three forced fumbles while playing with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

“The majority of them were as an inside rusher,” Schneider said of Bennett’s 2012 sack total. “It’s how we’re going to use him, like a three-technique inside rusher.

“Michael had been here before, so he’s very close with Red Bryant and a number of guys on the team. He had a strong interest in coming here and playing for coach Carroll and [defensive coordinator] Dan Quinn.”

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On this date: Charlie Whitehurst, Matt Flynn acquired

Matt Flynn

Quarterback Matt Flynn

A look at some memorable moments in Seahawks history that occurred on March 18:

2010: Charlie Whitehurst, a backup quarterback from the Chargers, is acquired in a trade for two draft choices. Whitehurst would start four games in two seasons, but win only one – the 2010 regular-season finale against the Rams which gave the Seahawks the NFC West title.

2012: Matt Flynn, who had been the backup quarterback to Aaron Rodgers with the Packers the previous four seasons, agrees to terms with the Seahawks in free agency. Flynn threw nine passes in his first season with the team because rookie Russell Wilson won the starting job during the preseason.

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