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Tarvaris Jackson Could Be Option For Packers

Tarvaris Jackson

If the Green Bay Packers go a different route than Graham Harrell as their backup quarterback, they could bring in an old NFC North foe — Tarvaris Jackson.


Jackson, the former Minnesota Vikings starter, is currently buried on the Seattle Seahawks depth chart. He’s sitting behind former Packers backup Matt Flynn and rookie Russell Wilson, both of whom have played well during the preseason. Jackson hasn’t even gotten on the field yet, outside of practice.

He’s reportedly offered to lower his base salary of $4 million to facilitate a trade. Pro Football Weekly cites the Packers as a team that could be interested.

Frankly, we’d rather take our chances with Harrell. Jackson has been nothing better than average at any point during his NFL career. Last season, he threw for 3,091 yards, 14 TDs and 13 interceptions.

Real impressive.

Still, if Harrell doesn’t show some improvement before the end of the preseason, the Packers might be forced to make a move. Jackson is familiar with the west coast offense and he’s athletic.

He also may be available for nothing. If the Seahawks can’t trade him, they’ll probably have to release him.

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  1. Jonathan August 20, 2012


    Tavaris Jackson has no business in Green Bay.

    I would rather be shot in the balls with a staple gun that have that jack wagon on my team.

  2. nurseratchett August 20, 2012

    I agree with Jonathan. (Can’t beat that, so might as well join it!)

  3. Boone August 20, 2012

    Please lord no

  4. Pack Lethal August 20, 2012

    T Jack is nothing more than Viqueens scraps. I’d take what we have right now over that joke.

  5. Lynn fuckin' Dickey August 20, 2012

    Have the Packers ever had a black QB on the roster? Not that it matters but I’m curious.

    IIRC TJax played decently in SEA last season through an injury and with no weapons. Might at least be worth a look if we can’t get / don’t want McCoy. And if Harrell is really as bad as he seems.

    1. David August 20, 2012

      How old are you… you’ve never heard or seen Aaron Brooks play for the Packers?

      In 1999, Brooks began his career as a third-string backup to Brett Favre behind second-string quarterback Matt Hasselbeck, taking no snaps during the regular season.

      Little known fact… His younger cousins are Michael Vick and Marcus Vick.

      An answer website had this as well.

      In 1955 Charlie “Choo Choo” Brackins became the fourth black quarterback to play in an NFL game when he played in the closing minutes for the Green Bay Packers in a blowout game against Cleveland on October 23,1955.

  6. Vijay August 20, 2012

    This guy is better than Graham Harrell any day of the week. He can at least make NFL throws. Graham has looked bad in practice and in live game action. Once again, Ted & Co. will have to swallow a piece of humble pie and pick up a low rent acquisition like this one to back up Mr Rodgers. He is at least BETTER than what we have.

  7. Vijay August 20, 2012

    Memo to Ted Thompson (Packer’s GM): Check out the New England Patriots. That’s what an ‘improved’ pass rush looks like and that’s what a really good ‘backup QB’ looks like.

  8. iltarion August 20, 2012

    Since the Packers had Matt Flynn just last year, I think TT knows what a good back up QB looks like.

    Yeah, TJax is an option, just like jail is an option if you don’t want to work.

    1. Vijay August 20, 2012

      Two words–Brian Brohm.

  9. E. Wolf August 20, 2012


  10. frozenfanatic84 August 21, 2012

    I’d rather we talk Favre out of retirement to be the backup HAHA!!!

  11. Abe Frohman August 21, 2012

    Minnesota takes our cast offs and re-treads – NOT the other way around. This would be just wrong on so many levels.

  12. Kristofer from Oshkosh August 22, 2012

    I think T Jackson would be a good pickup for the Packers. He is fast and has the footwork to be an NFL quarterback, but he lacks in accuracy. What is the Packers coaching staff specialize in? They improve quarterbacks like none other. The Pack could tweak his game and teach him the right way in no time. Maybe some forget that the Packers have the best quarterback school in the NFL. Something to think about anyways…

  13. BD Swingin' August 23, 2012

    Id rather bring Tim Couch back for a chance at the back-up job.