Further proving that Matt Flynn will be the week 1 starter for the Seahawks, multiple reports have said that the Seahawks are looking to trade Tarvaris Jackson and will cut him if they can’t. These reports include ones from NFL Network’s Jason La Canfora and ESPN’s John Clayton. Clayton believes he will be traded as soon as possible as that he will not play another snap for the Seahawks this preseason regardless, as the Seahawks don’t want their potential trade asset to get hurt. La Canfora, meanwhile, reveals that Jackson would be willing to take a pay cut in a trade, which would almost definitely be a requirement as his 4 million dollar salary is way too much for a pure backup.
Pro Football Talk also is reporting that Jackson, the incumbent starting quarterback, was never a serious contender for the starting job, which makes sense. The Seahawks were clearly less than thrilled with Jackson, who led them to a 7-9 record despite being supported by one of the better defenses in the league (7th at 19.7 points per game allowed). That’s why they gave Matt Flynn 10 million guaranteed as a free agent acquisition and used a 3rd round pick on Russell Wilson. That’s not something you do if you like your incumbent starting quarterback.
Jackson completed 60.5% of his passes for an average of 6.9 YPA and 14 touchdowns to 13 interceptions last year, actually up from his career averages. In his career, the former 2nd round pick has completed just 59.4% of his passes for an average of 6.7 YPA and 38 touchdowns to 35 interceptions. He’d be a solid backup, but you’re in trouble if he’s your starter for an extended period of time.
One logical destination, Arizona, has been ruled out by beat writer Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic. The most logical remaining destination would seem to be Green Bay, who runs a similar west coast style offense to the Seahawks. They are in the market for a veteran backup after Graham Harrell, who has never attempted a regular season pass, struggled in an extended tryout this week, completing just 12 of 24 for 100 yards and 2 interceptions against the Browns 2nd and 3rd string defenders. Jackson might be worth a late round pick to them, but they’re also known to be interested in the Browns’ Colt McCoy, who is also available for trade. If the Seahawks can’t trade Jackson, they’ll just cut him, which is a strong possibility.
The Packers are the former home of Matt Flynn, once their primary backup and now the Seahawks’ expected starting quarterback. They have not officially named a starting quarterback, but Flynn has gotten the start in each of their 1st two preseason games and his contract, 3 years, 19.5 million with 10 million guaranteed, has said starter all along. Wilson, meanwhile, will be the primary backup. The 3rd round pick rookie has impressed this preseason, completing 22 of 33 for 279 yards, 3 touchdowns, and an interception, while rushing for another 82 yards and a score on 8 carries. His strong play has allowed the Seahawks to move on from Jackson and he’ll put pressure on Flynn if he struggles in his first year as a starter.
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