Jackson's exit from the Seahawks began the day new head coach Pete Carroll retained defensive line coach Dan Quinn. Quinn has a 3-4 background and clearly favors oversized, Haloti Ngata-style ends on the strong side. The trade of Darryl Tapp for Chris Clemons (and a fifth round pick) cemented that Seattle would not run a traditional 4-3. Jackson then lost any chance to regain the starting strong side end position when the Seahawks named Red Bryant the starter. Jackson, a traditional end, and Bryant, 330-pound former defensive tackle, were incompatible rotation mates.
Seattle is taking a loss. Any time a team trades a 24-year old, third year player without major character concerns and with a modicum of production, it is likely to give up more than it has given. Detroit is the winner. Seattle is finishing up the process of managing its losses.