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Danny O'Neil covers the Seahawks for The Seattle Times.



August 15, 2012 at 9:58 AM

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Tarvaris Jackson in the midst of trade chatter

"Barring a Seattle QB getting hurt this week, look for Tarvaris Jackson to be shopped. Also wouldn't rule out Cards adding a QB before season."
    -- Jason LaCanfora, CBS Sports | @JasonLaCanfora

Tarvaris is trade bait, but it won't be easy
By Mike Florio | ProFootballTalk.com

Tarvaris Jackson did not play in the exhibition opener, and he may not play in the second exhibition game. He does, however, remain very much a part of the quarterback conversation in Seattle.

A big part of that conversation, however, is the possibility Seattle will try to trade him. This possibility is not shocking. At all.

It seems highly, highly unlikely that Jackson will be on this team if he's not at least the backup quarterback.

Seattle is not going to pay $4 million to a player who would not be in uniform barring an injury, and Jackson is not going to agree to a pay cut so he can be a No. 3 quarterback for a team the year after he was its starter.

And given what has happened the first two and a half weeks of Seattle's training camp, it's more likely than not that Jackson won't be a Seahawk come Week 1.

And if he's not going to be a Seahawk, the team undoubtedly will look to trade him. Will they get anything for him? Depends, and the ProFootballTalk.com report states the Seahawks are going to wait and see if there's a quarterback injury that might spark the demand.

The catch here is that Jackson is on a $4 million contract so the question isn't whether Jackson has any value to another team. He undoubtedly will. By any measure, he's an above-average -- maybe even top-tier -- backup quarterback in this league. But the question is whether a team will give up a draft pick to pay Jackson $4 million, and that's far from certain given the fact that Kellen Winslow -- a tight end who averaged 72 catches over the past three years -- fetched a seventh-round pick.


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