The scuttlebutt around the Internet is that the Rams conference rival the Seattle Seahawks have spoken with a few potential trade partners in regard to unloading their 2011 starting quarterback Tarvaris Jackson.
This move makes sense for the ‘Hawks because of the quarterback schism that the team is currently facing. Seattle signed free agent Matt Flynn in the offseason, drafted Russell Wilson from Wisconsin in the third round of the 2012 NFL Draft and have spent a considerable amount of resources developing Josh Portis.
What it comes down to is that Jackson is the odd man out at this point.
However, as ESPN’s Mike Sando points out, it may be hard for the Seahawks to trade Jackson because he is scheduled to earn $4 million in salary in 2012 and there are very few teams out there willing to pay a backup that kind of cash.
For Jackson’s sake, he needs to hope a starting quarterback gets injured during the preseason so the Seahawks can trade him to a team in dire need of a starting-caliber quarterback (which sounds kind of funny when you say it out loud. Tarvaris Jackson, starting QB). Of course, this trade would mean that whoever is backing up the injured QB needs to be so inept that said team would rather bring a guy like Jackson in late than use whoever has been taking second-team reps all offseason and in training camp.
Potential suitors for Jackson include Cleveland, Miami, Arizona and the New York Jets, to name a few. Think about it. The Browns have Jackson’s former head coach Brad Childress as their offensive coordinator so that fit makes sense—although, there may be too many cooks in the Brown’s kitchen already. Miami just lost David Garrard for three to four weeks and his return could be in question depending on how well his knee heals. Would you trade your former starting QB in division to Arizona? I think you might if the Cardinals ultimately cut underperforming Kevin Kolb. The Jets, however, could be an interesting fit because Marc Sanchez is a proven stinker when it matters and backup Tim Tebow, well, you already know his story.
Where do you think Tarvaris Jackson best fits should the Seahawks make a trade?