Trade for Seattle: There was just no room in Seattle for Jackson. Russell Wilson had an impressive offseason to win the starting quarterback job as a 3rd round pick rookie, while Matt Flynn basically won the backup quarterback job by virtue of his fully guaranteed 8 million dollar salary in 2012, 6 million of which had already been paid to him in the form of a signing bonus. Jackson was owed 4 million this season and even if he had agreed to a pay cut with the Seahawks, which he did with the Bills as part of this trade, it wouldn’t have made any sense to keep him. Credit them for getting something for him.
Trade for Buffalo: Ryan Fitzpatrick has definitely flashed at times in his career as a starter, but he’s certainly not a proven franchise quarterback yet and he is pretty injury prone. For that reason, it’s a necessity for the Bills to protect themselves with a solid veteran quarterback. However, Vince Young, who was signed this offseason to a 1 year deal to do that, has been awful this preseason, completing just 25 of 52 (48.1%) for 276 yards (5.3 YPA), 0 touchdowns, and 2 interceptions. His competition for the job, Tyler Thigpen, was even worse completing 11 of 23 (47.8%) for 94 yards (4.1 YPA), 0 touchdowns, and 2 interceptions. Both of them will likely be cut as part of final cuts now, or even sooner, as Jackson will be Fitzpatrick’s primary backup. For a late round pick and a reasonable salary after pay cut, this move makes a lot of sense.
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