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'Nice market' in FA for Tarvaris Jackson?

Posted on: July 17, 2011 10:20 am
Edited on: July 17, 2011 10:35 am
Posted by Will Brinson

In Minnesota, Christian Ponder has become the unquestioned future at quarterback, and even if the Vikings end up pursuing and/or signing a veteran free agent, it will be in a "mentor" role.

What about the past, though?

We know Tarvaris Jackson isn't coming back to Minnesota, and we know that there's a need for quarterbacks around the NFL. But could there be a market for a guy like Jackson, who's got potential but has struggled so often to succeed at the NFL level?

Well, the NFL Network's Jason LaCanfora certainly thinks so and notes that he foresees "a nice market" for Jackson in free agency.

Specifically, LaCanfora cites the Redskins, the Seahawks and the Dolphins as "strong possibilities" to sign the former first-rounder.

Those teams make a lot of sense, too, because they've got uncertain quarterback situations with incumbent veterans that need to be pushed.

The Redskins will, in all likelihood, end up with Rex Grossman and John Beck competing for the starting job (we're assuming here, of course, that despite love from Mike Shanahan, Donovan McNabb gets the boot) and Tarvaris would make a good third wheel to push the other guys and give Mike Shanahan a second option. Plus, he can roll out and throw on the run, so he must be just like Jake Plummer!

In Seattle, Matt Hasselebeck is supposed to come back, but no one's really all that sure -- one week he's guaranteed to be back, the next week it's no more than a 50-percent chance. Since anyone can beat out Charlie Whitehurst for a job, Jackson's a good candidate there as well.

And in Miami, there's been a lot of chatter about Vince Young as a possible addition to the Dolphins roster. Jackson might not have the same résumé as Young but he also doesn't bring to the table the same dramatic downside that VY does.

Factor in that Jackson will be cheaper and more durable over the course of a contract than most "veteran" quarterback options out there, and it's not unreasonable to see why teams might be interested.

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Posted on: July 24, 2011 12:08 pm

'Nice market' in FA for Tarvaris Jackson?

anyone that thinks he`s a good qb is blinded of talent knowledge

Since: Mar 14, 2011
Posted on: July 19, 2011 4:31 pm

'Nice market' in FA for Tarvaris Jackson?

TJAX is a solid #2.

Since: Jul 18, 2011
Posted on: July 18, 2011 7:20 pm

'Nice market' in FA for Tarvaris Jackson?

Whichever team snags Tarvaris will be rewarded handsomely. The core of the foolish front office of the Vikings can be seen by this costly maneuver as they've invested talent and time in Tarvaris only to let him go. He would be the best QB on their current roster, but Spielman is blinded by the fact that he was a Chili project and he's come to grips with the fact that Chili was a better talent evaluator than he will ever be. Tarvaris will be a good asset and come at a fairly economical price tag for whichever team picks him up.

Since: Jul 11, 2011
Posted on: July 17, 2011 9:58 pm

'Nice market' in FA for Tarvaris Jackson?

not me

Since: Jan 26, 2008
Posted on: July 17, 2011 9:29 pm

'Nice market' in FA for Tarvaris Jackson?

TJ was a 2nd round pick not a 1st rounder but does that will only matter if he never has any success. If he ever steps up, he could be a FA steal at the right price.

Since: Jan 26, 2008
Posted on: July 17, 2011 9:00 pm

'Nice market' in FA for Tarvaris Jackson?

Tavaris Jackson may not be the QB the great brett favre is... but with that being said... Charlie Batch, Jimmy Clausen, Jake Delhomme, Jason Campbell, Bruce Gradkowski, Alex Smith, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Trent Edwards, Tim Tebow, Troy Smith, David Garrard, Matt Moore, Chad Henne, Jon Kitna, Shaun Hill, Senaca Wallace, Charlie Whitehurst, Max Hall, Rex Grossman, Joe Webb and Brodie Croyle to name a few, were all NFL starters at some point last season. We're not exactly talking about a league of elite QB's in today's NFL are we? I know TJ never lived up to Brad Childress' decision to draft him in the first round but how many quaterbacks have hit their stride on the back end of their careers after serving as understudy while they fine tuned their games? Well a few names come to mind such as Jim Plunkett, Kurt Warner, Rich Gannon, Doug Williams, Trent Dilfer and Brad Johnson to name a few... all super bowl winners...btw The best athletes are on the defensive side of the ball in the NFL and college as well to a certain extent. So you better have at least 2 guys capable of moving the chains if the playoffs is going to be in your future. Saying TJ has no chance of starting in the NFL at some point only shows how little you know about the NFL game. He didn't remind me of Warren Moon or Steve "Air" McNair when he was the Vikings starter but he wasn't exactly Tim Couch, Heath Shuler, Joey Harrington, Rick Mirer, Akili Smith or Andre Ware either.

Since: Sep 2, 2006
Posted on: July 17, 2011 2:15 pm

'Nice market' in FA for Tarvaris Jackson?

Nice market for what ?  He sure is not an NFL QB......... and will never be one.

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