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Report: Vikings shopping Tarvaris

The Minnesota Vikings are trying to trade quarterback Tarvaris Jackson, according to Judd Zulgad and Chip Scoggins of the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

Specifically, the team has called other franchises to gauge the market for Jackson’s services.

This doesn’t mean a deal will be made, and it likewise doesn’t mean that the Vikings will cut Jackson if they don’t get an acceptable offer.

One thing that makes Jackson somewhat attractive is his contract.  Quarterbacks with starting experience (20 games in three years, including playoffs) usually aren’t available at a base salary of only $535,000.

As we’ve previously pointed out, one of the teams most likely to be interested in Jackson is the Packers.  The Vikings would be stoopid to trade him to Green Bay, however; Jackson has intimate knowledge of the team’s offense.  And if there’s no suitor for Jackson the smart move might be to keep him, because there’s a chance he’d end up in green and gold.

Since Jackson has fewer than four years of experience, he would pass through waivers before becoming a free agent. This would give teams like the Lions and Rams and Chiefs first crack at him.  And that’s another reason for any team with a good record in 2008 that has a need at quarterback to consider Jackson.

One such good team that might need to be thinking about the quality of its backups is the Steelers.  Charlie Batch occupies the spot on the depth chart behind Ben Roethlisberger, and Dennis Dixon might not be ready to take over the No. 2 position.  Also, Jackson’s play is somewhat similar to Roethlisberger’s, in that Jackson is adept at getting out of the pocket and making throws while running laterally.

“You never know with this business, period,” Jackson told the Star Tribune.  “I just take it as
it is.  Whatever happens, happens.  I can’t control it.  I just try and
get better, that’s it.  I can’t worry about [whether he gets traded or
released].  I’m not worried about it because I can’t control it. 
Whatever is going to happen is going to happen whether I worry or not.”

Jackson was a second-round pick in 2006, a product of the only draft conducted by the “triangle of authority” consisting of coach Brad Childress, V.P. of football operations Rob Brzezinski, and director of player personnel Fran Foley.

And, yeah, we added that last part because we don’t mention Fran Foley, who was fired in the days after the 2006 draft after only a few months on the job, nearly as much as we’d like to.

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  1. RagnartheViking says: Sep 3, 2009 7:50 AM

    Florio must need some site hits.
    Cue the Vikings suck ,tjoke, anti Viking blather.
    The Packer faithful are like moths to a flame.
    They got to put us “delusional” Vikes fans in our place you know…….
    This is basically a rewrite of a Earlier posting, that’s twice now Florio….getting pretty lazy.

  2. ftomeo says: Sep 3, 2009 8:03 AM

    SCHISM

  3. Lost says: Sep 3, 2009 8:20 AM

    T-Jax shows up every day and justs works at becoming a better QB. He’s worked with Kevin Rogers for three years and become a reliable starter or back-up. It’s an approach that is going to work for him. Expect he’ll be in the League for a few years yet.

  4. etronsman says: Sep 3, 2009 8:23 AM

    Zero chance that Minny trades Jackson to GB after Thompson’s poison pill trade provision regarding Favre, plus all of Florio’s reasons re: knowledge of playbook, cheapness of contract, etc.

  5. HawgNSonsTV says: Sep 3, 2009 8:25 AM

    Florio….Is a Hawg for LIFE….Livin the Dream!

  6. dnmccor81 says: Sep 3, 2009 8:42 AM

    “stoopid”
    wow, florio

  7. Bud Grant says: Sep 3, 2009 8:43 AM

    The Vikings have a dilemma. Of the three quarterbacks behind Favre, only Jackson has any trade value. Rosenfels is OK, but he is a career backup and only the Vikings were calling the Texans about a trade. Booty hasn’t played much and hasn’t shown much when he has played. Unless they can work a trade, they will have to cut a) a 2nd round pick whom they traded up to take, b) a player for whom they just traded a 4th round pick to obtain, or c) a 5th round pick with one good college year who may develop someday. I say bite the bullet and, if they believe Booty has a future, cut Rosenfels. Treat him as a 4th round pick; he wouldn’t be the first 4th round pick to be cut. Jackson hasn’t fulfilled his potential; he may never fulfill it, but he has shown enough to stick around for a while. As Childress said when Favre was signed, it’s a business.

  8. Twiz says: Sep 3, 2009 9:09 AM

    Dayum! Are you in such a rush to put out anything potentially bad about the Vikings, you don’t even take the time to spell check your blogs?
    Stoopid?
    Then again, one would think a LAWYER would be able to spell such a simple word…..

  9. Mavcop says: Sep 3, 2009 9:12 AM

    Do you think that all the peopel who showed up for Favreapalooza will show up and help T-jack clean out his locker?
    I will be taking a long lunch to help him if needed.

  10. carp killah says: Sep 3, 2009 9:13 AM

    This may be a bit far-fetched, but which team 0utside of the NFC North needs a backup QB the most right now? The short answer is New England. Additionally, they’ve proven they can do more with less than anyone, taking castoffs and turning them into lynchpins. Also, as Florio pointed out, how about the value here with the low salary price on Jackson?

  11. Mike Florio says: Sep 3, 2009 9:17 AM

    Attention all recent arrivals with no apparent sense of humor or irony, we often misspell the word “stupid” intentionally, for effect.
    The fact that I have to explain this is kind of discouraging.

  12. Nevisyakker says: Sep 3, 2009 9:21 AM

    Say guys…has it occurred to you that “stoopid” is a purely intentional slam of idiotic spelling used to emphasize the cerebral limitations of the
    one(s) being spoken of (the Vikings if they trade TJack to the Packers). Of course it has the added benefit of catching others who struggle to catch sarcasm & irony and take such an obviously intentional mis-statement seriously.

  13. GotNitro says: Sep 3, 2009 9:21 AM

    Why do people hate on Florio? If you dont like his reporting look elsewhere.

  14. gr8mick1 says: Sep 3, 2009 9:23 AM

    that’ll do florio, that’ll do

  15. Nevisyakker says: Sep 3, 2009 9:24 AM

    No, the Vikings will not trade Jackson to the Packers and shore up the most obvious hole in their division rival’s team. Yes, that would be waaaay “stoooopid.”
    If you take a look at the rosters around the NFL it seems nearly half of them lack a #2 QB with any sort of playing experience and credibility.
    Jackson has more long term developmental upside that Rosenfels, but Rosenfels is clearly more capable of being an adequate immediate/emergency fill in right now.

  16. gameday says: Sep 3, 2009 9:27 AM

    Mike Florio says:
    September 3, 2009 9:17 AM
    Attention all recent arrivals with no apparent sense of humor or irony, we often misspell the word “stupid” intentionally, for effect.
    The fact that I have to explain this is kind of discouraging.
    ****************************************
    LMAO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Yea, great for pointing that out to the little yellow bus riders Florio.
    Just shows how “stoopid” some of these readers are!

  17. RagnartheViking says: Sep 3, 2009 9:28 AM

    Join the club Mike.
    I find alot of Packer fans and Dewey Axewound discouraging in thier lack of knowledge.
    Alot of them are really stoopid.
    I’m amazed that you don’t post on the thred more often with the amount of crap you get(from myself included).
    Think about doing it more, it may drive up your hit rate. Or, are you from the school that the journalist not be part of the story?
    I think allowing the authors to retort, may add some fun to the site. Just a thought.

  18. Milhouse says: Sep 3, 2009 9:33 AM

    Florio is dum.

  19. TheHydra says: Sep 3, 2009 9:35 AM

    I wouldnt think Jackson would go anywhere. Booty or Rosenfels would be the guys to cut loose. For all of the reasons the author stated..low salary, playoff experience as a starter. He could still be the teams future. Favre can only really be counted on for one year. Then what?

  20. WolfgangK says: Sep 3, 2009 9:41 AM

    One of the best things to happen for TJ’s career would be to get traded to Green Bay and spend a summer in Mike’s quarterback school. THEN he might have some trade value. He’s got all the physical tools, some proper qb coaching is exactly what he’s never had in MN. It was the same deal with Dante.

  21. StartTarvaris says: Sep 3, 2009 9:46 AM

    Jackson is definitely not the worst QB on the roster but it’s all good. Hopefully he’ll pwn the Vikings down the road but of course Childress won’t be there after the failure he started this year

  22. betheball says: Sep 3, 2009 9:47 AM

    Let me get this straight…Favre goes to Minnesota because, among other reasons, they run an offense similar to what he ran in Green Bay. Soooo shouldn’t one infer that the Packers would already be familiar with the Vikings offense?
    In case you haven’t followed the history between these two teams, Packer castoffs get scooped up by Minnesota (Sharper, Ferguson, Favre), while the Viking castoffs go to the CFL or to work at Dennys.

  23. DWat393 says: Sep 3, 2009 9:51 AM

    to all commenters who made fun of florio for using “stoopid:”
    you guys are incredibly small mine-did.
    some people scare me with their lack of intelligence.

  24. cheekychappmusic says: Sep 3, 2009 9:56 AM

    “Also, Jackson’s play is somewhat similar to Roethlisberger’s, in that Jackson is adept at getting out of the pocket and making throws while running laterally.”
    I see nothing at all similar between a pocket passer and a guy who runs around because he can’t find receivers. You can’t really be comparing Roethlisberg to Jackson can you?

  25. CutlerISaPussy says: Sep 3, 2009 10:05 AM

    I love how Florio is stoopid enough to engage with folks clearly trying to get under his skin. What an idiot. Hey, speaking of huge idiots where is JimmySh!tHisPants?

  26. Twiz says: Sep 3, 2009 10:19 AM

    *****Mike Florio says:
    September 3, 2009 9:17 AM
    Attention all recent arrivals with no apparent sense of humor or irony, we often misspell the word “stupid” intentionally, for effect.
    The fact that I have to explain this is kind of discouraging.*****
    **************************
    Even though this is a blog, and within blogs there is typically misspellings and such, it is also looked at as sports reporting, and considering NBC bought it, people look for a degree of professionalism.
    When I read something, unless it is done by I 5 year old, I expect people to be able to at the very least use the spell check button. Beyond that, to say a misspelled word is done intentionally such as stoopid, only shows laziness and a complete lack of professionalism on the part of Florio.
    No wonder he doesn’t practice law. Name one judge that would buy the argument that something was done “intentionally, for effect”

  27. NFLJunkie says: Sep 3, 2009 10:21 AM

    This is a huge mistake. Jackson has obviously outplayed any QB on their roster, including Favre. Favre won’t stay healthy and won’t be around next year. Then what?
    They will be right back to square one with Sage Rosenfels, who is NOT the answer at QB for them. This team isn’t going to accomplish anything this year, or for the next few years for that matter.
    They will be getting rid of the QB that is finally coming around after investing so much time in him. Big mistake, and it’s actually kind of funny to watch this train wreck.

  28. Dewey Axewound says: Sep 3, 2009 10:23 AM

    RagnartheViking says:
    September 3, 2009 9:28 AM
    Join the club Mike.
    I find alot of Packer fans and Dewey Axewound discouraging in thier lack of knowledge.
    Alot of them are really stoopid.
    I’m amazed that you don’t post on the thred more often with the amount of crap you get(from myself included).
    Think about doing it more, it may drive up your hit rate. Or, are you from the school that the journalist not be part of the story?
    I think allowing the authors to retort, may add some fun to the site. Just a thought.
    ___________________________________
    First, “alot” is actually two words: A LOT
    You would have learned that in middle school, if you weren’t too busy getting diddled by the 40 year old retarded janitor in his broom closet (and liking it).
    “Thier” = sorry, no “i before e” rule this time, sparky!!
    You find me “discouraging”?
    What I should I do–ENCOURAGE you?
    Oh, this is classic:
    “Or, are you from the school that the journalist not be part of the story?
    I think allowing the authors to retort, may add some fun to the site.”
    God, do you even READ the stories posted on here?
    This is the kind of ignorant moronic blather you’d expect from the neophytes that have only recently assaulted this otherwise beautiful site since its convergence with (sell out to) NBC.
    I’m sorry, Florio–when you deign to come down and play with the peasants, this is what you’ll get.
    Pure stoopidity.
    (No wonder you rarely do it).
    Since you basically had to explain to Retard A what irony is, maybe you can do it again for Retard B/Fagnerd?
    Maybe take a moment and also explain what author’s “tone” is, how to distinguish between fact & opinion, how to recognize the author’s voice within a story, and how to read for content/basic reading comprehension.
    Then again, you may just end up “discouraged by his lack of knowledge”.
    I leave with this last profound thought: Uff.

  29. jimicos says: Sep 3, 2009 10:23 AM

    RagnartheViking says:
    September 3, 2009 9:28 AM
    Join the club Mike.
    I find alot of Packer fans and Dewey Axewound discouraging in thier lack of knowledge.
    Alot of them are really stoopid.
    ——————————-
    All those surprised by this trash please raise your hand.
    Back on topic, I’m not in favor of the Packers signing Jackson. HOWEVER, if they do… They should assign him jersey #4.

  30. tjstyles says: Sep 3, 2009 10:27 AM

    Yeah, how bad would it be if Green Bay got Jackson who has intimate knowledge of the offense that Brett Favre ran in Green Bay for 16 years? Oh no!!
    I personally like Jackson. I think he has a lot of potential, he is just not there yet. I think in Childress’ system, he will never be successful. Childress puts Jackson in the pocket and asks him to be Peyton Manning, but very few people can be Peyton Manning (1 to be exact). Coaches have to be more flexible and use players in ways that enhance their strengths and reduce their weaknesses. If I have Shaq on my team, I am not going to tell him to take 3-pointers just because that is the style I am used to coaching.
    I think the Vikings should keep Jackson and put him in for that Wildcat offense they seem to be wanting to try. Get Favre off the field when you are going to play weird, risky plays like that and put in someone more athletic who can move quicker on the trick plays. If you are going to run Wildcat, Jackson is a bigger threat on the field with Harvin than Favre is. You also don’t have to worry about Favre getting injured on some silly block.
    I do think the Vikings need to arrange a trade, though. They should trade Childress for…well, I’ll take anybody at this point.

  31. Dewey Axewound says: Sep 3, 2009 10:27 AM

    About Stratavarius:
    The Bears will take him to back up Caleb Hanie.
    He’d be a *slight* upgrade over Brent Basanez. (plus he would have the added joy of displacing someone named “Brent”….)
    The Bears could take a few minutes and pick apart that complex wonderlic-crushing brain of his for all 5 pages of the Queens playbook, then pack him a PB & J sandwich in his Spongebob back-pack and send him on his merry way.

  32. BuckyBadger says: Sep 3, 2009 10:32 AM

    I would take him as a backup to my team. He is cheap and has starting experience. Don’t want him to be a starter.

  33. tv says: Sep 3, 2009 10:45 AM

    Hmmm, they just might be able to get a practice squad place kicker or punter in return.
    If I were them, I’d take that in a heartbeat.

  34. TheHydra says: Sep 3, 2009 10:46 AM

    It’s the same playbook. Why would they need jackson to help them? And if they are running plays Favre likes who better then McCarthy to know that. Green Bay is not going to trade for Jackson. When the cuts come this weekend look for Green Bay to pick a vet up. Count on it.

  35. JimmySmith says: Sep 3, 2009 10:47 AM

    *****Mike Florio says:
    September 3, 2009 9:17 AM
    Attention all recent arrivals with no apparent sense of humor or irony, we often misspell the word “stupid” intentionally, for effect.
    The fact that I have to explain this is kind of discouraging.*****
    Mike, you might keep in mind this is a Viking’s related post so consider the target audience. The state of MN elected a pro Wrestler to the Governor’s office (News flash, pro wrestling is fake, its not a real sport) and a B list SLN actor (using the term actor quite loosely here) to a US Senate seat (to be completely fair, they had to rig the election first to get him there) so we are not talking about Einstein’s offspring here.
    Also consider Chilly still has a job and they think the INT Diva is going to get them to a Superbowl so tread lightly when addressing this group.

  36. favreh8ter says: Sep 3, 2009 10:48 AM

    SUCK!!

  37. CutlerISaPussy says: Sep 3, 2009 10:50 AM

    Nobody pay any attention to Dewey Asswound. No wonder he has an asswound, he is a FudgePacker!
    Given Dewey’s asswound name, I think HE was liking the action with the janitor (no reason to offend retards here). Sounds like things got a little rough though buddy.

  38. SpartaChris says: Sep 3, 2009 11:12 AM

    gameday says:
    September 3, 2009 9:27 AM
    LMAO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Yea, great for pointing that out to the little yellow bus riders Florio.
    Just shows how “stoopid” some of these readers
    are!
    ======================================
    Window lickers of the world unite!

  39. mixman34 says: Sep 3, 2009 11:30 AM

    Holy sh!t is Twiz dumb. Who comes here for professionalism? Must be a newb. And yes that is an intentional word/spelling… read about it.
    *** on a side note if I get one more of these stupid “comment submission errors” even though I’m logged in, only to get it to work by logging out then back in again, I’m outta here! Fix your sh!t Florio come on man!!!

  40. StevieMo says: Sep 3, 2009 11:33 AM

    The stoopidest people on here are the stoopid people who don’t think Florio wrote “stoopid” on purpose to make a point (as he has done numerous times on this site before).
    Stoopid is as stoopid does, I suppose.

  41. purpleguy says: Sep 3, 2009 11:34 AM

    Let the guy move on already. He’ll never be a starting caliber QB. After 3 years, he still can’t read defenses and panics when his primary receiver is covered. Klink has to bite the bullet, admit his bone-headed second round draft mistake, and trade the guy.
    And I thought they spelled the word “stoopid” that way in Wisconsin schools (along with all the other phonetic spelling methods) for the low IQ dopes in the state of high unemployment, high per capita drinking, high per capita obesity, state deficit, the most serial killers in the US, the most stupid drunk stories in news of the wierd, and of course, the most fat chicks wearing polyester stretch pants — not to mention the fat Wisconsin chicks that will glue a guy’s weenie to his stomach for infidelity.

  42. SpartaChris says: Sep 3, 2009 11:37 AM

    @Twiz-
    Wow you MUST be new.
    For starters, Florio’s writing style and sense of humor is a huge part of the reason why his blog has become so successful and developed into a partnership with NBC. It’s too bad you can’t bring yourself to appreciate it but instead have to criticize.
    Next, if you want canned writing with no personality, go check out ESPN, Fox Sports or any number of other web sites. Go ahead, I guarantee you won’t be missed and this site will continue to thrive. Or better yet, go start your own blog and build your own following.
    Finally, Florio left his law practice on his own accord to run PFT full time. The decision to stop practicing law was his, it wasn’t made for him.

  43. hrmlss says: Sep 3, 2009 11:37 AM

    As a Packer fan, even I think this is a “Stoopid” move, (In other words do it Chilly), this is to remove the possibility of having to Bench Brett after a couple of games and the Fans start calling for Tavaris. He maynot be your future, but he is your best back up. Go ahead, cater to the Favre, make my day!

  44. zod says: Sep 3, 2009 11:47 AM

    Quote:
    betheball says:
    September 3, 2009 9:47 AM
    Let me get this straight…Favre goes to Minnesota because, among other reasons, they run an offense similar to what he ran in Green Bay. Soooo shouldn’t one infer that the Packers would already be familiar with the Vikings offense?
    In case you haven’t followed the history between these two teams, Packer castoffs get scooped up by Minnesota (Sharper, Ferguson, Favre), while the Viking castoffs go to the CFL or to work at Dennys.
    ……………………….
    Critical thinking was never Florio’s strong suit.

  45. thecleaner says: Sep 3, 2009 11:52 AM

    Sage is at the top of his game. TJack isn’t and neither is Booty.
    The answer is simple. Dump Sage while you still can.

  46. Beast Of The East says: Sep 3, 2009 11:59 AM

    @TWIZ
    Like Sparta Chris said, you must have started reading this site a few days ago. Hey Douche, Florio has been writing for years and I am sure NBC read the site before entering into a partnership with him. Take your STOOPID Arse back to CNN and stay there. We need you on this site like we need a hole in the head. Yes Florio was a lawyer and doing this is much better I am sure except for the fact of having to deal people like yourself. By the way if Florio were truly lazy, he would spell stupid the right way as it is less keystrokes genius.
    Hey Florio-I am still pissed that you are too ‘Lazy” to fix my original screen name.

  47. DCViking says: Sep 3, 2009 12:04 PM

    JimmySmith says: September 3, 2009 10:47 AM
    *****Mike Florio says:
    September 3, 2009 9:17 AM
    Attention all recent arrivals with no apparent sense of humor or irony, we often misspell the word “stupid” intentionally, for effect.
    The fact that I have to explain this is kind of discouraging.*****
    Mike, you might keep in mind this is a Viking’s related post so consider the target audience.
    ———————————
    You’re right — a Vikings post seems to draw all of the Packiban members like yourself, so Florio should dumb it down for your consumption.
    The state of MN elected a pro Wrestler to the Governor’s office (News flash, pro wrestling is fake, its not a real sport) and a B list SLN actor (using the term actor quite loosely here) to a US Senate seat (to be completely fair, they had to rig the election first to get him there) so we are not talking about Einstein’s offspring here.
    ———————————
    That hurts so much coming from a state that provided us with both Jeffrey Dahmer and Ed Gein.
    Maybe we should have elected a career politician like one of these guys…
    Marion Barry
    Elliot Spitzer
    Mark Sanford
    Rod Blagojevich
    John Corzine
    Ted “Home Improvement” Stevens
    Sarah “No Mas” Palin
    Plus, a lifetime achievement award to the recently departed “Sweatty” Teddy Kennedy.
    Yeah…not so good.

  48. mnmaverick says: Sep 3, 2009 12:33 PM

    The guy transferred to tiny Alabama State after being beat out for the starting job at Arkansas by MATT JONES. A guy who wasn’t seen fit to play QB at the next level, so he was drafted as a receiver.
    T-Joke isn;’t worthy.
    He never was to begin with.
    He’ll be someone else’s problem now.
    The Troy Williamson of Quarterbacks.

  49. jimicos says: Sep 3, 2009 12:54 PM

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mike_Florio#Style
    From wikipedia:
    Mike Florio often refers to himself as “we”, “us”, and “some internet hack”. He almost always writes “stupid” as “stoopid”. Additionally, he frequently calls the Internet “the intergoogle.”

  50. Elgar says: Sep 3, 2009 12:58 PM

    The opera is incomplete until the gravitationally challenged lady produces her musical tones from the diaphram. Of course, musical tones emanate from the larynx, but this isn’t the legal department. That’s just the way vocal coaches speak. Put away all your Ouija boards and get out your popcorn. The reason the NFL even exists is no one knows how the games will unfold. Sadly, some do not know even afterward.

  51. TheHydra says: Sep 3, 2009 1:16 PM

    Agreed Bethball. Florio made no sense there. Its the exact same offense. Very odd he didn’t think of that.

  52. Tinbender says: Sep 3, 2009 1:32 PM

    Stoopid is as Stoopid writes columns.

  53. CouldCareLess says: Sep 3, 2009 2:58 PM

    More irresponsible reporting from Florio.
    Did you run out of McNoob vs Vick trash?
    Or did the enquirer cancel your contract?
    Viking fans, we’re stuck with TJoke, like it or not.

  54. grannyvi says: Sep 3, 2009 4:15 PM

    “Jackson has intimate knowledge of the team’s offense…..” “Whatever happens, happens. I can’t control it. I just try and get better, that’s it.”
    ===============
    Really? If TJack had ANY knowledge of our offense (intimate or not) he’d be the starting qback now, no question. And, child — you had a chance to “control” what happens. You just didn’t step it up, and now we’re stuck with an aging Lord Favre at the helm. Thanks a lot.

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