Aug 7, 2012; Renton, WA, USA; NFL: Seattle Seahawks quarterbacks Tavaris Jackson (7), Russell Wilson (3), and Matt Flynn (15) wait for a training camp drill to begin at the Virginia Mason Athletic Center. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-US PRESSWIRE
With Russell Wilson breaking out behind the newly-added Matt Flynn, the Seahawks will begin trying to trade Tavaris Jackson this week.
With Seattle's increased confidence in both Matt Flynn and Russell Wilson, the Seahawks will now begin making a concerted effort to trade former starting quarterback Tavaris Jackson, according to a Jason La Canfora report.
Jackson did not see any action for the second consecutive preseason game Friday and La Canfora is reporting that the team has already informed the seven-year veteran that they intend to move him. A deal doesn't seem entirely unlikely either with Jackson willing to take a pay-cut and the Seahawks seeking a low draft pick in return:
Some have pointed to Jackson's salary being an issue, with him set to earn $4 million this season, but he would be would be willing to alter that some to facilitate a trade to a better situation, according to a source with knowledge of the situation. The Seahawks would not seek compensation beyond a fifth-round pick (possibly that moves to a fourth based on performance), and may have to settle for less.
The Arizona Cardinals seem to perpetually be in the market for a quarterback, so it's possible they could be a fit if the Seahawks can stomach sending him to a division rival. If not, the Green Bay Packers and Denver Broncos could each use an upgrade on their backup quarterback situations but it's possible they could just wait for Jackson's apparently inevitable release:
If the Seahawks cannot locate a trade partner, Jackson likely will be released. As respected as he is in the Seattle locker room for what he played through last season, $4 million is a lot to pay a No. 3 quarterback who is not a part of the team's future plans.
Jackson completed 60.2 percent (271-of-450) of his passes last season while setting new careers highs in yards (3,091), touchdowns (14) and interceptions (13) in 15 starts last season.
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