The Buffalo Bills made a significant change at the quarterback position Monday, acquiring quarterback Tarvaris Jackson in a trade with the Seattle Seahawks. The Bills parted with an undisclosed draft choice to land the veteran signal caller. The move comes just two days after a 38-7 loss to the Steelers.
Jackson arrived in Buffalo Monday morning after catching a red-eye flight from Seattle. He was meeting his new teammates at One Bills Drive during the late morning and early afternoon hours after finishing all of his paperwork.
To make room for Jackson on the roster the Bills released Vince Young.
Set to enter his seventh NFL season, Jackson (6'2" 225) started 14-of-15 games played for Seattle in 2011 and set career-highs in attempts (450), completions (271), passing yards (3,091) and passing touchdowns (14).
He was signed by the Seahawks as a free agent in 2011, after spending his first five seasons with the Minnesota Vikings, the club that made him a second-round pick in the 2006 NFL draft.
The Alabama State product had one other year of starting experience when he served in that capacity for the Minnesota Vikings in 2007. He went 8-4 as a starter that season. A second-year signal caller at the time, Jackson threw nine touchdown passes and 12 interceptions. He also rushed for a career-high 260 yards on the ground.
Now, 29-years old, Jackson was looking to find a way out of Seattle after the Seahawks acquired quarterbacks Matt Flynn in free agency and drafted Russell Wilson.
The acquisition of Jackson keeps the Bills quarterback total on the roster at four along with starter Ryan Fitzpatrick, Tyler Thigpen and Brad Smith.