One of the reasons Tarvaris Jackson signed with the Buffalo Bills during the offseason is he believed that he was given assurances from the team’s former general manager, Buddy Nix, that he would have a legitimate shot at earning the starting quarterback job.
But then Buffalo signed Kevin Kolb in free agency and drafted E.J. Manual in the first round, and the writing was on the wall for Jackson.
The Bills announced that Jackson had been released today. Jackson gets to keep a $500,000 signing bonus for his troubles.
With backup quarterback Brady Quinn still learning Seattle’s offense, Jackson would be a good fit for the Seahawks. However, Jackson did not leave the Seahawks on good terms last year, after the team traded him to Buffalo for a seventh round pick.
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Jackson believes he did not get a fair shot to keep his starting job in the three-man competition with Matt Flynn and Russell Wilson. And it’s hard to argue that point, with Jackson not getting any snaps during exhibition play because Pete Carroll believed he already had seen enough from Jackson during training camp and the 2011 season to make his evaluation.