Quarterback news is coming fast and furious for the Seattle Seahawks, triggered by reports indicating Matt Hasselbeck's tenure in Seattle was over. According to multiple reports, the Seahawks declined to offer Hasselbeck a contract, and acquired a quarterback to take his place in Seattle. That quarterback, we now know, is Tarvaris Jackson, formerly of the Minnesota Vikings.
Jackson's name was floated last week, with John Clayton calling it a certainly that he'd be the Seahawks starter this coming year. Since then, the rumors have continued to swirl, coming to a head on Tuesday as NFL free agency opened. According to Dave Mahler, Jackson agreed to terms on Tuesday and is headed to Seattle.
Hearing from source #seahawks have come to terms with QB Tarvares Jackson. Flying to Seattle tonight
Bringing in Jackson adds an element of familiarity to the offense for new coordinator Darrell Bevell. The two worked together while with the Minnesota Vikings, giving Jackson a leg-up in camp with his knowledge of the playbook. With just a short time to get the offense installed, his presence should help, but understandably has Seahawks fans squirming.
With Jackson, the Seahawks will have a mobile quarterback with a strong arm, but questionable decision-making. Bevell and head coach Pete Carroll have been shifting toward more of a dual-threat in the backfield, and want to focus more on the running game. It's a shift from the past, but
The biggest question mark on the Seahawks roster now has an answer, be it short-term or long-term. With free agency just hours old, this is just the beginning, and the Seahawks still have plenty of money to spend and room to make waves over the next week.