The Seahawks have agreed in a trade of quarterback Tarvaris Jackson to the Buffalo Bills for an undisclosed draft pick.
It has been talked about in Seattle since the draft. Pete Carroll stressed it was a three-man QB competition, but it’s officially down to two.
Tarvaris started for the Seahawks last year, and was 7-7 as a starter. He played through a strained pectoral muscle that should have sidelined anyone. His toughness and durability was never in question. The only questions were about his accuracy and his 4th quarter finishing ability. Obviously Pete Carroll didn’t feel he had enough of those qualities to continue to compete with Matt Flynn and Russell Wilson. After three strong preseason games, both Flynn and Wilson have put on a clinic and made the Seahawks exciting again. Flynn is a very accurate passer, and Wilson is making the 12th man drop their jaws in amazement at what he can do.
Buffalo is having a QB crisis as well and adding Jackson into the mix possibly makes it better. Vince Young could be well out of a job there now. Jackson would be a great backup to Ryan Fitzpatrick should he go down again this year.
In other news, the rosters had to be cut down from 90 players to 75 players tomorrow, and the Seahawks have also added a few other cuts to Tarvaris Jackson as well. Leaving the team are Phil Bates, Edawn Coughman, Donny Lisowski, Ron Parker, Tyrell Sutton, Terrell Owens, Alex Barron, and Deuce Lutui. Waved/Injured players are: Jameson Konz, Lazarius Levingston, Roy Lewis, and Cameron Morrah.
Some of these players had been making big impacts with the team, and it’s sad to see them go. Phil Bates was being raved about in every training camp report out there. Tyrell Sutton was making huge runs in the preseason games for the Seahawks. Roy Lewis had been a strong nickle corner for Seattle as well. With the Seahawks being deep at TE, it’s not a huge mystery that Cameron Morrah was released, and its possible that we still see another TE released here soon. Jameson Konz is an incredible athlete, but the Seahawks just couldn’t figure out where he should play on the team. Terrell Owens had been trying to catch onto a team since not playing in the league last year, and it appears it won’t be with the Seahawks. In the preseason games, Owens had been targeted numerous times by both Flynn and Wilson, and failed to reel in key passes he should have made.
The Seahawks have made some bold moves today, and it might not be over just yet. Pete Carroll is bring in players that fit his scheme, and his mentality. Older players are welcomed to come and take a tryout, and they will be given the same chances as the rookies are. Carroll isn’t playing to get notoriety, he is playing for the championship. The past two years have been rebuilding years, and now most of the pieces are in place for a great team to exist. Whether it is rookies or veterans, this new 2012 Seahawks squad is looking to get it done. It all starts here. This is the beginning, and the Seahawks write their own ending.