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Tarvaris Jackson: New York Jets Quarterback Options

February 8th, 2013 at 2:21 PM
By Donald Lappe

When John Idzik was hired as New York Jets general manager one of the names that started popping up as a potential option at quarterback is Tarvaris Jackson. Tarvaris Jackson is an athletic quarterback who has bounced around the NFL, starting with the Minnesota Vikings, then joining the Seattle Seahawks before landing with the Buffalo Bills last season. He has started 12 or more games twice in seven seasons.

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Tarvaris Jackson isn't the kind of name that's going to get New York Jets fans excited about the 2013 season, but he may be a stop-gap quarterback while the team keeps looking for an answer. There will still be a glimmer of hope that Mark Sanchez can click with new offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg, and he'll be on the roster eating up salary cap space either way, so the Jets aren't going to invest much in a new quarterback in terms of salary or what would be given up to acquire one. The Jets are looking for cheap options.

Tarvaris Jackson will be cheap. John Idzik has ties to Tarvaris Jackson from their time together with the Seattle Seahawks and Idzik is said to be a believer in Jackson. As the starting quarterback for the Seahawks in 2011, Tarvaris Jackson threw for 3,091 yards with 14 touchdowns and 13 interceptions. He played in 15 games, starting 14 of those, and completing over 60 percent of his passes. Those are far from stellar numbers, but the interception total isn't sky-high.

With the likelihood of finding their franchise quarterback laying around in the scrap heap being pretty low, the Jets are just as likely to go with a cheap option that won't outright lose games with horrible decision making. It's not an exciting route to go, but it's one that could have put the Jets in the thick of the playoff hunt in 2012. Depending on other moves, the Jets may be able to beef up the talent around the quarterback position and mask the deficiency there, to an extent. Signing Tarvaris Jackson isn't going to make Jets fans start making plans for Super Bowl VLVIII at MetLife Stadium, but it's a step towards becoming a competent team while they wait for their chance to grab a difference maker at quarterback.

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Tags: Buffalo Bills, Football, John Idzik, Mark Sanchez, Marty Mornhinweg, MetLife Stadium, Minnesota Vikings, New York, New York Jets, NFL, salary cap, salary cap space, Seattle Seahawks, Super Bowl, Tarvaris Jackson

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