Aug 24, 2012; Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) outruns Chiefs safety Eric Berry (29) in the first half at Arrowhead Stadium. Credit: John Rieger-US PRESSWIRE
Update: The Seahawks will receive a seventh-round pick, which could possibly become a sixth-round pick in exchange for Jackson, reports Peter King of Sports Illustrated. It appears to be less about the draft pick as it was about finding Jackson a home without cutting him outright.
By Travis Duncan
Seahawks Huddle writer
Rookie quarterback Russell Wilson has officially won the starting quarterback job for the Seattle Seahawks.
Head coach Pete Carroll made the announcement to the media on a conference call Sunday evening. (Hat tip to John P Boyle via Twitter.)
Carroll advised Wilson will start the final preseason game and then Week 1 against the Arizona Cardinals Sept. 9.
A month or more ago, the decision to start a third-round rookie QB would have been questioned and met with fear, but now you can feel the excitement throughout Seahawks Nation.
Brett Bielema, Russell's coach as Wisconsin, (the school the quarterback transferred to IN 2011 after three seasons at N.C. State) said that no one in Madison was surprised about the news Sunday night. Wilson led the Badgers to the Rose Bowl last season.
Matt Flynn screams dependability, however Wilson true to his Twitter handle, gives the 'Hawks an edge both in production and attitude. If the preseason is any indication of what will happen, Wilson will move the Seahawks offense up the field in a way it has not been directed in a long, long time.
Meanwhile, according to multiple published reports, the Seahawks have agreed to trade Tarvaris Jackson to the Buffalo Bills for draft picks. According to ESPN, the Bills and Jackson's agent are working on a new contract. Jackson was scheduled to make $4 million with the Seahawks this season, and obviously would receive much less if he were cut. There's also a since that Carroll and general manager John Schneider want to do right by Jackson and make sure he lands on his feet, having served the role of transitional figure between the Hasselbeck and perhaps Wilson eras.
Credit Carroll & Co. for staying true to their competition mantra. They were willing to let the best man win, despite the money ($19.5 million, $10 million guaranteed) spent to acquire Matt Flynn via free agency.
Flynn's window of opportunity to build trust and continuity both with the coaching staff and receivers was limited (though Wilson had that exact same time frame). Arguably though, Flynn's efforts were overshadowed by the pleasant surprise in the third-rounder. Flynn didn't play horrible but he didn't play as well as Wilson.
As things usually go in the NFL, Flynn will get another chance to show what he has, if in fact he does have starter worthy ability.
Meanwhile it was confirmed that the team has released Terrell Owens. Carroll had nothing but good things to say about Terrell, stating that Owens worked hard but they were actually happy with the wideouts that had.
Nothing like bringing in a possible hall of famer to stir up the competition and fire up the youngsters.
Yes it really is about competition in Seattle these days.
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