Tarvaris Jackson back in Seahawks' picture

June, 11, 2013
6/11/13
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Brady Quinn could have competition for the No. 2 job behind Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson.

Tarvaris Jackson, released by the Seahawks last offseason and released by the Buffalo Bills this week, is headed to Seattle with a shot at signing in the coming days, ESPN's John Clayton is reporting. The move would restore depth behind Wilson after Seattle released Josh Portis.

The Seahawks signed Quinn in part because they thought his approach to preparation would fit well with Wilson, who is known for working overtime in the film room. Jackson has outplayed Quinn in recent seasons, however, and the Bills quoted their rookie quarterback, EJ Manuel, as saying Jackson was "great in our film room" this offseason.

Jackson is a good fit as a backup in Seattle because he has extensive experience in the Seahawks' offensive system. He was also popular in the locker room during his time with the team. Jackson played with Seatle cornerback Antoine Winfield and receivers Percy Harvin and Sidney Rice when all three were with the Minnesota Vikings. Seattle's offensive coordinator, Darrell Bevell, was also with the Vikings then.

Seattle is in the middle of its mandatory minicamp. Signing Jackson would put him on course to begin competing for the No. 2 job when training camp opens.

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