We’ve all seen the writing on the wall for Tarvaris Jackson ever since Brett Favre was signed by the Minnesota Vikings, but just when will the fourth-year quarterback get the boot? It would appear that the Vikings’ quarterback situation could be cleared up by Saturday when the team announces its 53-man roster.
The Vikings are currently looking to trade Jackson, and several teams are said to be interested. Adding a backup quarterback with starting experience and athleticism is never a bad thing in the NFL and the Green Bay Packers, St. Louis Rams, New Orleans Saints, Cincinnati Bengals, Chicago Bears and Buffalo Bills are apparently considering if Jackson would be a good fit. The Minneapolis Star reports that teams now know it will only take a late-round draft pick to secure him.
The problem for the Vikings is that other teams know that Jackson is on his way out and they can just wait until he is released on Saturday to move in and try to sign him. If a team desperately wants the Alabama State product they would be best served to facilitate a trade though, since that would guarantee that they’d get him, rather than have to compete for him on the open market.
Frankly, we don’t see that happening. Jackson is the kind of guy who makes you think “I mean I guess it would be alright to have him around,” not “Oh my God we need to get him in here now.”
The 26-year-old Jackson has played 25 games in his first three years in the league. The former second-round pick went 8-4 as a starter in 2007, but didn’t live up to the Vikings’ expectations.
In 2008 after two spotty performances to open the season Jackson was benched in favor of Gus Frerotte. He played parts of nine games during the season, starting five and completing 88-of-149 pass attempts (59.1 completion percentage), for 1,056 yards, nine touchdowns and two interceptions. His quarterback rating for 2008 was 95.4. He also rushed 26 times for 145 yards.
Clearly there’s some ability there but Jackson hasn’t been able to put it together consistently.
After giving Favre a ridiculous two-year, $25 million contract it would seem the Vikings have to dump Jackson. That would leave head coach Brad Childress with Sage Rosenfels as Favre’s backup and second-year USC product John David Booty as the team’s third quarterback. From what I’ve heard, Childress likes what he’s seen from Booty so far and thinks he could develop under Favre the way Matt Cassel developed behind Tom Brady.
That’s bad news for Jackson fans in Minnesota, because it means they currently see Booty as a long-term guy, not Tarvaris.