Tarvaris Jackson spent his first seven seasons in the NFL trying to earn a starting job on the Minnesota Vikings, Seattle Seahawks and Buffalo Bills. Now, as he enters his eighth year in the league and a second stint with the Seahawks, he just wants to win.
“I could have gone to other teams, but I’m in the eighth year of my career now, and I’m just trying to get to the Super Bowl,” Jackson said, via USA Today Sports. “I’m all about winning championships. I feel like that was my best chance among the teams I could choose from.”
Jackson, drafted in the second round by the Vikings in 2006, put up his best numbers as a member of the Seahawks in 2011. He completed 271 passes for 3,091 yards and 14 touchdowns in a 7-9 season. The next season, Jackson was sent to Buffalo as the Seahawks brought in free agent Matt Flynn from the Green Bay Packers and drafted Russell Wilson.
Jackson became a third-stringer in Buffalo and never played a snap. Following the 2012 season, the Bills brought in free agent Kevin Kolb and drafted EJ Manuel, then cut Jackson.
A day later, he signed a one-year deal with the Seahawks.
“It was a business decision, but I felt like I was the best quarterback on the roster,” Jackson said. “That lets you know it’s all about business, about money. It really was a blessing in disguise. The situation at Buffalo was a rough situation and I appreciate the opportunity, but going back to Seattle was a better situation even though I’m not the starter. I’ve got a chance to get back with some familiar faces, back at a place I’m familiar with.”
Jackson will now compete with Brady Quinn for the backup quarterback job.
“I know the city, and I’m with a good team,” he said. “We know we can win every game we play. At Buffalo, it was a little different. We were an up-and-coming team trying to find ourselves. They released me on a Monday (in June). I worked out, I left and came back home and the Bills called me back up there and told me they were releasing me.
“My agent asked me, ‘Tarvaris, who do you have in mind?’ I said, ‘I want to go back to Seattle.’ ”