The Seahawks have traded Tarvaris Jackson to the Buffalo Bills, according to several reports. The compensation has yet to be reported, and the team has not yet confirmed the transaction. Following the signing of Matt Flynn and the decision to draft Russell Wilson, Seattle waged a three-way quarterback competition through OTAs and training camp, but both Flynn and Wilson separated themselves from the pack, making this move somewhat inevitable. The Seahawks obviously feel good enough going into the season with Flynn and Wilson - still no official starter at this point - and possibly Josh Portis as their third string, developmental option.
The move makes sense from a monetary standpoint with Jackson was due $4 million this season, and we talked about the salary cap implications of keeping him as a second- or third-sting QB this season here a couple of weeks ago as well. Essentially, Jackson just became too expensive to hold on to, so it's nice that they're likely going to get a draft pick in return now. Jason La Canfora was reporting the Seahawks were seeking a fifth-round draft pick in return, but no word at this point if that's what Buffalo was willing to give up. The day started with the Seahawks at 89 players on their roster (following the Barrett Rudd trade), and with the 12 cuts (which I will post on soon) and this trade, Seattle's roster stands at 76, I believe. One more cut/trade or player placed on PUP to get to 75, which is required by each team by tomorrow at 1:00pm PST.
Good luck to T-Jack out in Buffalo, where he'll likely take over Vince Young's job as backup to Ryan Fitzpatrick.