Tarvaris Jackson remains a free agent, but also still could be the most likely fit as Seattle's backup quarterback next season.
It’s not the biggest question still remaining unanswered for the Seattle Sehawks but it’s an interesting one — who will be the backup quarterback in 2016?
Seattle has just two quarterbacks on its roster — Russell Wilson and recently signed street free agent Phillip Sims. You know who Wilson is. Sims was in training camp with Arizona last year but not on a roster during the season and fits the bill of being a project.
The Seahawks will undoubtedly have at least three quarterbacks in camp, if not four, meaning one way or another Seattle will add a quarterback or two to the roster over the next few months.
There remains a decent chance that one of them is the same man who has been Seattle’s backup the last three years — Tarvaris Jackson.
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Jackson has worked on one-year contracts each time. In 2014 he re-signed quickly into the free agency period. Last year, though, Jackson waited until June to re-sign with the Seahawks as he searched for a situation where he might have a better chance to play.
Jackson, who turns 33 next month, is playing the same waiting game again this off-season as he has yet to sign while apparently assessing his options.
Seattle coach Pete Carroll said at the NFL meetings this week that the team hopes to re-sign Jackson.
“We really liked his contributions and he’s been a big factor for us and we would like to have him back if we could,’’ Carroll said.
Earlier this year, Carroll said he likes having a veteran in that role.
As the tweet from ESPN below shows, there aren’t a ton of veteran options left — and one thing to consider when assessing Jackson is the experience he has with the team and the respect he has in the locker room (here’s a more extensive list of free agent QBs, which makes it clear there’s really no option that on paper is better than re-signing Jackson).
Seattle could look to the draft. But the Seahawks undoubtedly wouldn’t use too high of a pick for a player likely to be a backup. But given the high visibility of quarterbacks, it’s a fun parlor game to wonder if this might be the year the Seahawks would look to take someone at that spot in the later rounds (Seattle hasn’t drafted a QB since taking Wilson in 2012) and might cast their eye at one of the QBs with West Coast ties, such as Oregon’s Vernon Adams, USC’s Cody Kessler or Stanford’s Kevin Hogan, all generally regarded as mid-to-late-round picks.
Sims is best-known for being a highly-touted high school QB who signed with Alabama and was the backup for the Tide in 2010-11 before transferring to Virginia and then to Winston-Salem State.
“Hoping he can add to the competition,’’ Carroll said. “He’s playmaker and a guy with a really strong arm and would like to see how he fits in.’’