Tarvaris Jackson QB SEA Mar 22 '79

ESPN's John Clayton reports "it's possible" the Seahawks sign free agent Tarvaris Jackson to back up Russell Wilson.

Clayton might just be guessing - he often does - but is based in Seattle, and it makes sense on paper. Jackson was the Seahawks' primary starter in 2011, and he'd be an upgrade on current backup Brady Quinn. Quinn lacks the talent for any system, but particularly Seattle's burgeoning read-option behemoth.

Tarvaris Jackson QB SEA Mar 21 '79

Bills released QB Tarvaris Jackson.

The Bills start minicamp tomorrow, so they obviously want Kevin Kolb and rookie E.J. Manuel taking all of the reps. Jackson took the first snap from under center at OTAs, but he was never a realistic option to start. Jackson was re-signed to a one-year, $2.25 million contract in February, but none of that money was guaranteed. He becomes the best quarterback on the free-agent market.

Tarvaris Jackson QB SEA Feb 22 '79

Tarvaris Jackson got the first snaps as the Bills opened OTAs Monday.

Kevin Kolb was the second man through the rotation and first-round rookie E.J. Manuel was third. It's clearly not worth reading into. Jackson is the "incumbent" as he was in Buffalo last year and Kolb is the veteran. Before long, this will be a two-man duel, with Jackson serving as an innocent bystander. The Bills are undoubtedly hoping the raw Manuel steps up and seizes the job.

Tarvaris Jackson QB SEA Jan 13 '791 Comment

The Buffalo News says it won't be easy for Tarvaris Jackson to rise above the No. 3 quarterback this season.

When Jackson signed a one-year deal with the Bills in February, he was convinced that he'd get a legit chance to compete for the starting gig. But now that Kevin Kolb is in town and the Bills plan to spend an early draft pick on a quarterback, he's on his way to being buried once again. T-Jack hasn't started a game since going 7-7 with the Seahawks in 2011.

Tarvaris Jackson QB SEA Dec 22 '782 Comments

Tarvaris Jackson is penciled in as the Bills' starting quarterback right now.

After releasing Ryan Fitzpatrick Tuesday, the Bills are left with Jackson and Aaron Corp at the quarterback position. Considering Jackson couldn't even rise above Tyler Thigpen on the depth chart last year, it's a major concern. Expect the Bills to add competition early in the draft and/or via free agency. As GM Buddy nix said in a secretly recorded phone call this week, "We gotta get one somehow. Bad time to need it."

Tarvaris Jackson QB SEA Dec 01 '78

Tarvaris Jackson's one-year deal with the Bills has a base value of $1.75 million with only $500,000 guaranteed.

It's a far cry from the originally-reported $4.5 million. T-Jack can make $4.5 million if he hits incentives based on playing time, but he could also be cut before the season and Buffalo would only be on the hook for the $500K. Jackson's base salary is $1.75 million. This is the contract of a backup quarterback.

Tarvaris Jackson QB SEA Nov 30 '781 Comment

Tarvaris Jackson's one-year deal is worth a maximum of $1.75 million, and includes no guaranteed money.

Initial reports pegged the maximum value of Jackson's deal at $4.5 million. Jackson's base salary is just $1.25 million, while he'll earn a $450,000 roster bonus if he's on the roster for Week 1. He should collect a $500,000 workout bonus. Jackson's paltry deal casts doubt on whether the Bills are truly staging an "open competition" at quarterback like they proclaimed upon T-Jax's return.

Tarvaris Jackson QB SEA Nov 26 '782 Comments

Bills re-signed QB Tarvaris Jackson.

Tarvaris Jackson QB SEA Oct 10 '78

Bills declared QB Tarvaris Jackson, WR Kevin Elliott, S Da'Norris Searcy, OL Kyle Williams, DL Jay Ross, OL Chris Scott, and DE Mark Anderson inactive for Week 17 against the Jets.

Buffalo oddly gave up a draft pick for Jackson during the offseason and never even elevated him to No. 2 on the depth chart. He spent the entire season as the Bills' third-stringer behind Ryan Fitzpatrick and Tyler Thigpen. Jackson, who turns 30 in April, is now scheduled for unrestricted free agency.

Tarvaris Jackson QB SEA Sep 10 '78

Bills QB Tarvaris Jackson believes he got a raw deal in Seattle this past offseason.

"When they already had Matt (Flynn) and they drafted Russell (Wilson), I figured I'd be the odd man out," said Jackson. "They were kind of screwing me around. They had their plan the whole time, either Russell or Matt. It was obvious when we got to camp, especially in preseason when I didn't play." A healthy scratch all season, Jackson is a free agent in 2013.