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Is Jackson in, Hasselbeck out for Seahawks?

Posted on: July 22, 2011 3:20 pm
Edited on: July 22, 2011 3:48 pm
Posted by Ryan Wilson

There may still be NFL labor uncertainty, but one thing is not in doubt: once the lockout ends, free agency will be a frenzied process as the league furiously preps for the 2011 season.

And from the sound of it, longtime Seahawks quarterback Matt Hasselbeck won't be back in Seattle. ESPN's John Clayton doesn't think the Seahawks are interested in paying a starter's salary to a 35-year-old oft-injured QB whose future might be as a backup and mentor.

"I don't know if they'll pay $5 million (per year), I don't know if they'll pay $6 million," Clayton said, according to ESPN 710, "but if there's no offer from Seattle, you take the best offer and it very well could be in Nashville."

As in: the Titans, a destination we wrote about last month. And while we'd expect there will be a market for Hasselbeck, especially to help bring along a young franchise quarterback like, say, Jake Locker, it's something of a surprise to hear that the Seahawks could be keen on Tarvaris Jackson, the former Vikings second-round pick who will be a free agent once the lockout ends.

Clayton says he's "getting the feeling" that Seattle could have serious interest in Jackson. ESPN analyst and former NFL quarterback Trent Dilfer also suggested that Jackson could land in Seattle, telling ESPN 710 that, "(Seahawks new offensive coordinator Darrell) Bevell … always had an affinity for Tarvaris Jackson. And believe it or not, I think that might be the play here for the Seattle Seahawks -- I think it might be trying to get Tarvaris Jackson from Minnesota. … They've always liked him, they liked his starter potential. (Bevell) tried to make it happen for him in Minnesota and that might be the direction they're trying to go."

Dilfer add that "I don't like that plan, but if that's their plan and that's what they're trying to do, then more power to them."

In an interview with the Seattle Times, Jackson admits that he worked well with Bevell in the past. 

"We had a pretty good relationship, me and Bev did," Jackson said. "... It seems like a pretty good opportunity. I know the offense. That's a plus. Coach Bevell, he's very familiar with me and I'm very familiar with him. So that's always a plus."

We've written previously that the Seahawks, rumored to have offered a first- and third-round pick for Kevin Kolb earlier this offseason, shouldn't break the bank for an unproven commodity given all their other roster needs. Jackson, like Kolb, is still unproven, but he wouldn't cost nearly as much. And unlike Matt Leinart, who has ties to Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll that go back to USC, Jackson doesn't come with baggage.

Worst case: instead of reaching or overspending for a stopgap QB, Seattle just goes with what they have -- Charlie Whitehurst -- and reevaluate things after the season.

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Since: Sep 25, 2009
Posted on: July 22, 2011 4:10 pm

Is Jackson in, Hasselbeck out for Seahawks?

Jackson has a lot of potential and has shown flashes of brilliance at times.  Like all young QBs he is extremely inconsistent.  At the right contract he would definitely be worth a shot for teams with QB problems. 

Since: Apr 28, 2008
Posted on: July 22, 2011 3:52 pm

Is Jackson in, Hasselbeck out for Seahawks?

Tarvaris Jackson is nobody's solution.
I disagree that he is unproven. He has totally proven exactly who he is. 

Since: Sep 25, 2006
Posted on: July 22, 2011 3:50 pm

Is Jackson in, Hasselbeck out for Seahawks?

T-Jack plays pretty well when he doesn't have to look over his shoulder constantly, and would be a fantastic backup.

Since: Aug 1, 2009
Posted on: July 22, 2011 3:40 pm

Is Jackson in, Hasselbeck out for Seahawks?

Seattle good luck with Bevell, you're going to need it. This guy didn't have a plan on offense at all. It's like he didn't want his offense to have any sort of indentity what so ever. Exhibit A would be his total lack of use of the full tools of Adrian Peterson on almost every sunday. I'm really glad he is gone.

Kind of funny how the Vikings might be pursuing Hasselbeck and Seattle is thinking about Jackson. Jackson in my opinion has the unfortunate talent where he would be one of the better backup quaterbacks in the league, but will never be considered a good starting quaterback.

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