Former Seahawk QB Tarvaris Jackson claims he's broke and can't afford a lawyer, according to a report from TMZ.
Former Seahawk quarterback Tarvaris Jackson, facing a charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon in connection with an incident that happened a week ago, claimed he didn’t have enough money to pay for an attorney for his defense, according to Osceola County (Fla.) court records.
Jackson, who records show made roughly $12 million in his NFL career and had a salary of $1.5 million last season with the Seahawks, said that he “has no income, no savings, no banks accounts, stocks, etc … all he owns is a $100,000 car,” according to a report Friday from TMZ.
But as the TMZ story reported and court records viewed by the Times showed, judge Hal C. Epperson denied Jackson’s request for a public defender earlier this week, determining that Jackson was not “indigent,” meaning he will have to pay for his own laywer.
Jackson was arrested and charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon after allegedly pulling a gun on a woman reported to be his wife early on June 24 during a vacation at a resort in Kissimmee, Fla. The charge is a third-degree felony.
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Jackson was Seattle’s starting QB in 2011 and the backup the last three seasons.
He was an unrestricted free agent following the 2015 season and has not signed with any NFL team.
Seattle had been thought interested in initially re-signing Jackson, with coach Pete Carroll saying the team had been talking with him. But Jackson and the team did not reach agreement on a deal and the Seahawks are currently going with rookie Trevone Boykin and former Skyline High star Jake Heaps as backups behind Russell Wilson.
Jackson had reported salaries with Seattle of $1.5 million in 2015, $1.25 million in 2014 and $840,000 in 2013. He also signed a two-year, $8 million contract with Seattle in 2011.