Seahawks quarterback Tarvaris Jackson will get a $1.25 million base salary in 2015, and it's fully guaranteed. He also received a $250,000 signing bonus to remain with Seattle as Russell Wilson's primary backup. The quick math there: Jackson's deal is worth $1.5 million.
T-Jack's salary was $1.25M last year, and his contract had up to $750,000 in playing time incentives. This time around, he eschewed the "not likely to be earned" playing time incentives for a more straight forward signing bonus clause -- he gets $250,000 up front.
As Tom Pelissaro pointed out this morning, with his latest deal, Jackson's career earnings will push north of $13.3 million, not terrible for former second-rounder out of Alabama State. He'll play his tenth season in 2015.
Relatively speaking, though, Jackson is a bargain. Compare to other similar backup situations -- Chase Daniel is due $4.8 million as Alex Smith's backup in KC, Ryan Fitzpatrick and Shaun Hill are both making $3.25 million this year with the Jets and Vikings, respectively, Chad Henne is making $3.5 million with the Jags, Matty Hasselbeck is making $3 million with the Colts, Matt Moore is owed $2.6 million from the Dolphins, Drew Stanton is due $2.45 million with the Cards, and Christian Ponder is due $2.25 million with the Raiders.
T-Jack is not flashy, but he's proven he can run the Seahawks offense in a pinch. He's played in Darrell Bevell's system for his entire career -- continuity is hugely important at his position -- and while he only had one throwing attempt in garbage time last year, in three appearances in 2013, he had a hilariously awesome rating of 140.2 while completing 10 of his 13 passes for 151 yards and a touchdown. Pete Carroll has talked about how if Russell Wilson went out with an injury, the offense would look different, but they could still continue to run what they run without total overhauls.
With the backup quarterback situation now taken care of, we can all continue worrying about what will happen with Russell Wilson's contract extension.