Tarvaris Jackson revisited: pros and cons

June, 11, 2013
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Tarvaris Jackson earned teammates' respect for his toughness during one season as the Seattle Seahawks' starting quarterback.

Jackson had a good thing going with receiver Doug Baldwin in particular.

It comes as no surprise, then, that Baldwin wants Jackson back on the roster, presumably as the primary backup to Russell Wilson.

"It would be a good move to bring @7tjackson back ... my honest opinion," Baldwin tweeted Monday.

Baldwin unexpectedly led the Seahawks in receptions as an undrafted rookie in 2011, when Jackson was the starter. Baldwin even edged Larry Fitzgerald, Vernon Davis and teammate Sidney Rice for the top spot among NFC West players in yards per target that season.

The Seahawks aren't looking to revisit 2011, when they finished with a 7-9 record. They went 11-5 with Wilson as their starter last season. They already have a No. 2 quarterback in Brady Quinn, who signed in free agency this offseason.

The question is whether Jackson would provide an upgrade over Quinn. If Jackson would be an improvement on the field, would the gain justify a change? That is not necessarily a given.

The Seahawks signed Quinn in part because they thought he had an unusually high football IQ, making him a good fit with Wilson, who is similar in that department. The thinking was that Wilson and Quinn would work well together behind the scenes, an improvement from last season, when the dynamics were different because Wilson had beaten out Matt Flynn, who had expected to start after signing a $19.5 million contract.

Flynn is gone. Less than 10 months have passed since Seattle traded Jackson to Buffalo for a seventh-round choice, a pick the Seahawks subsequently shipped to Minnesota as part of the Percy Harvin trade.

Coach Pete Carroll has encouraged competition at every spot on the roster. Signing Jackson would increase the competition for the No. 2 spot behind Wilson. Jackson already knows the offense. He would have some supporters in the locker room.

It's something to think about, at least.

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