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Tarvaris Jackson signs with Seahawks for a third time
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There’s something about the Seahawks that keeps Tarvaris Jackson coming back.
Originally signed in free agency after the lockout-erased 2011 offseason, the veteran quarterback re-signed with the Seahawks last June after being released by the Buffalo Bills. Monday, Jackson made it a hat trick, by officially signing with the team again.
“I told my agent a long time ago, this is where I want to be,” said Jackson, who played his first five NFL seasons with the Minnesota Vikings – where he went from promising second-round draft choice (2006), to starter (2007 and the end of the 2008 season), to the backup to future Hall of Famer Brett Favre (2009 and 2010).
“I understand how it works and how things go, but it worked out. So I’m happy.”
As for his running-the-gamut background at a position that is always in the foreground, Jackson smiled and added, “I’ve got a lot of experience in all the different aspects of being a quarterback. It’s pretty cool. And just being able to come back here after winning a Super Bowl, it’s very exciting.”
Jackson, who will turn 31 next month, returns as the backup to starter Russell Wilson. It’s the same role he filled last season, but Jackson also has proven he can step in and start – as he did during the 2011 season, when Jackson passed for 3,091 yards and 14 touchdowns despite playing most of the season with a damaged pectoral in his throwing shoulder.
“It’s just my experience,” Jackson said when asked what he brings to the mix in regards to Wilson being the established starter. “Most the receivers, I’ve played with and they’ve played with me. So I’m just a mediator. I can relay messages and kind of be an open ear for guys.
“There’s that role, and then just being ready to play at all times. Just help as much as I can in any role I’m in.”
Even though he’s crossed the 30 barrier, Jackson remains a Tater Tot and is proud of it. That would be quarterbacks coach Carl “Tater” Smith, who runs the QB meeting room that includes assistant coach Dave Canales and QB B.J. Daniels in addition to Wilson and Jackson. Daniels, who was on the practice squad and 53-man roster last season, signed a future 2014 contract last month.
“It starts with ‘Tater,’ he just makes it so easy to be in there,” Jackson said. “He makes it fun. You come in our room; you would think no work is being done because we have a little music going in the background sometimes. But it’s a lot of fun, and it starts with him. Everybody has just jelled real well and it makes it easy to come to work.”
And Jackson has seen the maturation and progress of this team, having been the starter in 2011, a member of the Bills in 2012 – when the Seahawks beat Buffalo 50-17 in Toronto – and the backup QB last season.
“They’ve done a great job of a quick turnaround here from my first year, and that starts with (GM) John Schneider and (coach) Pete Carroll,” Jackson said. “They just built on it from there. And I’m excited to see where it goes from here.”