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Report: Seahawks plan to sign QB Tarvaris Jackson

By Will Brinson | NFL Writer

Tarvaris might be back in Seattle, Jack. (USATSI)
Tarvaris Jackson might be back in Seattle. (USATSI)

On Monday the Bills made their "decision" at quarterback easier, by releasing Tarvaris Jackson into free agency (and therefore essentially pitting Kevin Kolb against EJ Manuel). Jackson was just happy the Bills spelled his name right, but he might be even happier soon, as it doesn't look like he'll be on the streets long.

According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, Jackson is "expected to sign" a one-year deal with the Seahawks soon.

Jackson played for the Seahawks in 2011, starting 14 games, completing 60.2 percent of his passes for 3,091 yards and 14 touchdowns (to 13 interceptions).

He was also the captain for Pete Carroll's squad back then.

Quick tangent: The Seahawks quarterback situation was an absolute train wreck before they hit the Russell Wilson lottery ticket. They had Matt Hasselbeck for a year, traded for Charlie Whitehurst and signed Jackson/Matt Flynn as relatively high-ticket free agents. It's not to suggest they got lucky; drafting Wilson was obviously smart. And I'm not suggesting they were being stupid before; they avoided making too big of a bad investment in a quarterback and eventually hit on one of those low-risk, high-reward investments. I just think everyone forgets how bad a situation it really was because Wilson erased those memories.

Anyway, those memories might be back! And it's not a bad thing, really, because the backup for Seattle right now is Brady Quinn. When you've got a mobile-ish quarterback like Wilson, you'd ideally like to have a mobile-ish backup so that if and when something happens to your starter, you can plug a guy in seamlessly.

Jackson would be that guy much more than Quinn. He has an added familiarity with Carroll, offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell, not to mention wideouts Percy Harvin and Sidney Rice.

Anyway Part Deux, we've probably already spent too much time talking about the backup battle between Quinn and Jackson, assuming he's signed. This guy was, after all, just released by the Bills. But suffice it to say it's a good fit and another low-risk signing that could end up providing nice dividends for the Seahawks.

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