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Vikings tender Tarvaris at third-round level

If Brett Favre retires, Tarvaris Jackson would be the favorite to start at quarterback for the Vikings in 2010.

But if another team wants to take Jackson from the Vikings, it would require nothing more than a contract offer with a poison pill, combined with a third-round draft pick.

Jackson is set to become a restricted free agent, and NFL Network reports that the Vikings tendered him at the third-round level. If another team signs Jackson to an offer sheet, the Vikings would have seven days to match the offer or get that team’s third-round pick.

A third-round draft pick isn’t much compensation for a starting quarterback, but the tender offer may be an indication that the Vikings believe Favre will come back.

Or maybe it just means the Vikings don’t think the rest of the league thinks very highly of Jackson, and that they doubt any team would sign him to an offer sheet.

UPDATE: After several readers raised questions about this item, we need to clarify. Jackson was tendered at the original-round level, and he was a second-round draft pick. But because the Vikings used a second-round tender on Fred Evans, they cannot receive second-round compensation for Jackson. If another team signs Jackson to an offer sheet and the Vikings don’t match the offer, the Vikings will get that team’s third-round pick.

The relevant language in the Collective-Bargaining Agreement reads, “Notwithstanding Subsections 2(b)(i) and 2(b)(ii) above, in the event that a Prior Club tenders any of its Restricted Free Agents originally selected in a draft round lower than the second round a Qualifying Offer that requires Draft Choice Compensation of one second round selection (the “(c)(ii) Upgraded Tender”), the Prior Club shall only be eligible to receive Draft Choice Compensation of one third round selection for any of its Restricted Free Agents originally selected in the second round of the Draft, unless such Restricted Free Agents have each received a Qualifying Offer of at least the amount of the (c)(ii)Upgraded Tender.”

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48 Responses to “Vikings tender Tarvaris at third-round level”
  1. mnnightowl says: Mar 3, 2010 8:46 PM

    How are the Vikes able to tender Jackson a 3rd? Aren’t the options (1) Round of original draft selection (He was taken #64 in the 2nd); (2) 2nd round; (3) 1st round; (4) 1st/3rd rounders?

  2. Lost says: Mar 3, 2010 8:47 PM

    This is unbelievable. Had to read it twice.

  3. HarrisonHits says: Mar 3, 2010 8:50 PM

    Vikings tender Tarvaris at third-round level = not our QB of the future.

  4. sniperhare says: Mar 3, 2010 8:50 PM

    I wouldn’t call Jackson a starting caliber QB.

  5. thesaint257 says: Mar 3, 2010 8:51 PM

    way to hight…maybe a 4th at best

  6. Evpimp says: Mar 3, 2010 8:53 PM

    What do you mean think?? He isn’t good!

  7. DocBG says: Mar 3, 2010 8:54 PM

    keep in mind a couple of things:
    1. The vikes could be leaning towards sage should favre not come back
    2. The vikes are maybe interested in getting more draft picks to build a bit during a thick draft year
    3. the vikes may be looking at drafting a QB in an early round to sit and watch favre/sage
    Or, it is possible that they are doing this in hopes of showing Favre that they are dedicated to him, should he decide to come back. I think T-Jack is not a bad QB by any means and will actually do very well during his next stint as fulltime starter, but the vikes have many other options, including the draft.

  8. se18a29 says: Mar 3, 2010 9:01 PM

    please, someone take him… favre is back… yeah, baby….

  9. Real Vikings fans wouldn't cheer for Favre says: Mar 3, 2010 9:04 PM

    Tarvaris Jackson is clearly a better quarterback than Brett Favre. I’m hoping the Saints end # 4′s season again if they play week 1.

  10. Tazzard says: Mar 3, 2010 9:08 PM

    Most Viking fans call this guy T-Joke for a reason and most would rejoice if the Vikes could land a 3rd rounder for this clown.

  11. Stone says: Mar 3, 2010 9:08 PM

    The Raiders would in a heartbeat.

  12. JimmySmith says: Mar 3, 2010 9:11 PM

    This is a rare move for the Vikings front office, a decision that actually makes sense. I suppose they had to tender him at some level, after throwing him under the bus last season by bringing in Brent Favre at the last minute, they would have completely destroyed his confidence with no tender and there is a very small chance that Brent might actually retire, (about the same very small chance of the Vikings actually winning the Superbowl which has more zero’s than Obama’s budget)
    I sincerely hope that Childress is forced to play T Jack Off at a later point in time. He traded up for him, he claims he is a QB guru, let him prove it. Neither will last long enough to see the move to LA

  13. Sarge says: Mar 3, 2010 9:12 PM

    Bag of Funyons and a Mr Pibb.

  14. FumbleNuts says: Mar 3, 2010 9:16 PM

    Randy Learner and Mike Holmgren, I HOPE you are reading this?

  15. eddie fiasco says: Mar 3, 2010 9:22 PM

    @ real vikings fans wouldn’t cheer for Favre:
    you’re a damn idiot.

  16. Tazzard says: Mar 3, 2010 9:23 PM

    Thats real positive thinking Jimmy; did someone piss in your purple Wheaties this morning?

  17. 40for58 says: Mar 3, 2010 9:24 PM

    # JimmySmith says: March 3, 2010 9:11 PM
    This is a rare move for the Vikings front office, a decision that actually makes sense. I suppose they had to tender him at some level, after throwing him under the bus last season by bringing in Brent Favre at the last minute, they would have completely destroyed his confidence with no tender and there is a very small chance that Brent might actually retire, (about the same very small chance of the Vikings actually winning the Superbowl which has more zero’s than Obama’s budget)
    I sincerely hope that Childress is forced to play T Jack Off at a later point in time. He traded up for him, he claims he is a QB guru, let him prove it. Neither will last long enough to see the move to LA
    ————————————————–
    Green Bay has a better chance of moving to LA. Gotta love you asshat Packler fans

  18. CanadianVikingFan says: Mar 3, 2010 9:36 PM

    Will all of our dreams come true?

  19. spudz says: Mar 3, 2010 9:49 PM

    Alot of tendering going on out there…..it would appear some teams are starting to go into panick mode or something…weird

  20. garyl says: Mar 3, 2010 9:51 PM

    Just think of this.
    Aaron Rogers is a great musician and movie critic– will see if he is a great qb in 15 years!!
    How could the Packers afford too lose sooo much football culture, lore, and MONEY???
    Green Bay will lose an estimated $500 million for letting Brett go.
    Like him or not is not relevant – It’s about the money and a folk lore hero!!! It will never make sense.
    Tavaris is a good guy but no one is BF. Even Payton is a bit mechanical and his rocky marriage, living father, and cancer free wife are easy for PT. Well maybe not the wife stuff- I am quite sure his marriage is bad.
    Farve- good guy, great son, great dad, great person, and yes a diva, but he is one of a kind.

  21. LewD says: Mar 3, 2010 9:53 PM

    The relevant language in the Collective-Bargaining Agreement reads, “Notwithstanding Subsections 2(b)(i) and 2(b)(ii) above, in the event that a Prior Club tenders any of its Restricted Free Agents originally selected in a draft round lower than the second round a Qualifying Offer that requires Draft Choice Compensation of one second round selection (the “(c)(ii) Upgraded Tender”), the Prior Club shall only be eligible to receive Draft Choice Compensation of one third round selection for any of its Restricted Free Agents originally selected in the second round of the Draft, unless such Restricted Free Agents have each received a Qualifying Offer of at least the amount of the (c)(ii)Upgraded Tender.”
    Mike, glad you can understand that legalese …

  22. garyl says: Mar 3, 2010 9:55 PM

    The amount of money the Vikings made with Farve is quite amazing. The Vikings have the QB with all the all time records in passing football. If he comes back 70,000 yards and 500+ TD’s. No one will ever hit 80,000 and 600 TD’s. Actually, only Peyton stands a chance know that they don’t play contact football anymore. Peyton played in the “girly age of QB protection”.

  23. PurplePat says: Mar 3, 2010 9:56 PM

    DocBG
    I dont think Vikes are interested in Sage,,,, And im really not either take a look at the numbers with the Texans (not just the one game Vs the vikings) Throwing to Andre, Scaffe and Walters he threw more INTs than TDs …… Really I think the Vikes are trying to figure out how to get rid of sage,,,,,,,, T-Jack Still has upside if he learns ,,,,, Sage is a career back-up and T-Jack is probley the best Qb sage hasent been able to beat out for a starting job,,, And that aint saying much….. Anyone who wants Sage over T, has only seen the game where he looked good vs Vikes and thats about it…….

  24. garyl says: Mar 3, 2010 10:00 PM

    eddie fiasco- your comment is all well and good, but Farve may just be enough to keep the Vikings in MPLS.
    You obviously do not know that LA does not have a team and Farve is bigger than LA! He may have helped YOUR team to stay in MPLS.
    You are obviously not a business person. Do you understand football business???

  25. red13 says: Mar 3, 2010 10:04 PM

    Sarge:
    Good one – funniest thing I read all day!

  26. bluestree says: Mar 3, 2010 10:05 PM

    Didn’t figure they brought in Sage thinking he would hold the clipboard. TJack is on the way out. Having an extension, it would be a smart move for Chilly to draft another QB to develop. If he hits, it could mean another contract. Not a great QB class, though.

  27. jimicos says: Mar 3, 2010 10:08 PM

    NEXT YEAR IS OUR YEAR!!!!!
    NEXT YEAR IS OUR YEAR!!!!!
    SKOAL BANDITS!!

  28. Julius Brown says: Mar 3, 2010 10:14 PM

    Tarvaris Jackson is a lost cause if you want to win in the playoffs despite all of the surrounding talent in MN. The Vikes had better draft someone to bring along after Favre retires at the end of the upcoming season.
    I really don’t understand how so many fans could be fooled into thinking otherwise. The Vikings knew he wasn’t good enough to get the job done, hence, Rosenfels and Favre.
    Yet you keep seeing fervent supporters. I don’t know if this is a racial/cultural thing where people just won’t admit an African-American quarterback is somewhere between a bust and very mediocre on his very best day or if he just somehow inspires others to drink the kool-aid regarding his abilities.
    But there haven’t been any teams looking to trade for him and you won’t see them in the future. I’ve never heard any talent evaluator or GM talk glowingly in terms of Jackson since he got the opportunity to start for a season in MN. He looked completely lost and unable to move a team at all in the playoff game versus a decent but not excellent Eagles defense (the Saints proved that the next week).
    There really was no need to tender him other than to fish for draft picks if someone is dumb enough to sign him away. Maybe Buffalo is that dumb though so there you go.

  29. axelfoley888 says: Mar 3, 2010 10:30 PM

    Brett is such a tool to begin with i think with the offence they had I think Chris kluwe the vikings punter could have put up the numbers tht chump put up

  30. IAVikefan says: Mar 3, 2010 10:40 PM

    Oakland Raiders, meet your new QB, Tarvaris Jackson.

  31. Mean Leroy Brown says: Mar 3, 2010 10:42 PM

    #7 could be yours for the small, one time fee of…
    a handful of pogs…

  32. Wiscdave says: Mar 3, 2010 11:02 PM

    First, Rosenfels is probably not the quarterback of the future (i.e., post-Favre). He was not activated for a single game last season; Jackson was always the backup to Favre. Second, the tender means that the Vikings can match any offer Jackson receives. Since he has had an inconsistent record as a starter, and may be injury-prone, there is no reason to believe that another team will offer a big contract and give up a third-round pick to acquire Jackson. It’s a gamble, but a sensible one under the circumstances.

  33. DocBG says: Mar 3, 2010 11:02 PM

    @Julius Brown
    It may not neccesarily be a cultural or racial thing at all. I think the guy can succeed as a QB at the NFL level and I share no ethnicity nor community with the guy in any way. He can scramble, he’s got a big arm, and he’s got middle of the road accuracy for the young guy that he is. with practice and teaching a guy can become more accurate, with experience he can learn to read NFL level defenses. you can’t teach fast, and the arm is either something you have, or something you don’t.
    Anyone who has a problem labeling a black QB a bust need look no further than russell in oakland to see a perfect example of a bust. wouldn’t make a difference to me what color the guy was so long as he has the things that a person can’t learn, and has the ability to learn the things he needs to, which i think Tjack does.

  34. SF Saints Fan says: Mar 3, 2010 11:25 PM

    OK Guys. You can reset the counter on the Home Page “Days Without a Brett Favre Story” back to zero.
    This counts as a Brett Favre story given that the body of the story begins with, “If Brett Favre retires”, so it sounds like a Brett Favre story to me.
    Your last Brett Favre story was on February 26 at 11:36 AM. That was 5 days, 9 hours and 6 minutes before this story was posted. That has got to be a new PFT.com record!
    Set the counter back to zero starting at 8:42 PM EST March 3rd and carry on……….

  35. CaptainFantastik says: Mar 3, 2010 11:36 PM

    Nobody’s giving up a 3rd round pick for Jackson. Hell, the Vikings would be hard pressed to get even a 4th round pick for him. Only in the bizarro world of Chilly’s Vikes is Jackson a “starting QB”.

  36. flpackerfan says: Mar 4, 2010 12:36 AM

    No one would give any draft pick to get T Jack or Sage.
    Except for your, soon to be neighbor, Oakland freakin Raiders.
    T Joke and Childress are probably gonna rent a house together in LA. My money is that Childress does the cooking….he did wear a dress on a plane.
    Adrian Peterson gets left behind though…he fumbles the plane ticket and misses the move to LA.

  37. packers4life says: Mar 4, 2010 1:26 AM

    “Green Bay has a better chance of moving to LA. Gotta love you asshat Packler fans”
    Sorry but the Vikings were the ones that were on the list of teams that could move to LA, not the Packers. It would nearly impossible for the Packers to ever move.

  38. Vike Nasty says: Mar 4, 2010 3:34 AM

    @Mean Leroy Brown
    Ha, pogs….
    But anyway,When it comes to Rosenfels really dont know what we have, while its true that in his tenure with the texans he threw quite a few interceptions, however his yardage totals vs games played was quite impressive, if not spectacular.
    Im interested what this last year did for Jackson, when he was drafted he was obviously not ready for the NFL, however lack of effort was never an issue with him and a year of sitting behind favre and watching tape never hurt anyone, if he can get his mind around the nfl game he has all the physical tools to be very good.

  39. Bill In DC says: Mar 4, 2010 7:18 AM

    You left out the ‘if the tender occurs on the 3rd Tuesday of the month and it is a odd numbered day in an even numbered month within 3 months of a ‘Blue Moon’ and a three legged dog in Indianapolis bays at the Moon before 11:11pm EST on the day the new contract offer is made.’
    Can they make this stuff any more obtuse?

  40. xMGMx says: Mar 4, 2010 7:52 AM

    Usually it’s just JimmySmith’s whiny comments that I laugh at, now there’s Real Vikings Fan too!
    T-Jack is better than Brett? You can dislike him all you want, but take off the blinders ding dong.
    I’ve probably been a Vikings…wait, football fan longer than you’ve been alive, and although he was a Packer, the guy is a tough ass football player who brings to this game what 70% of the other players do not.

  41. sand0 says: Mar 4, 2010 7:58 AM

    They had to use the 1st on Ray. I am a bit surprised they went 2nd on Fred Evans and 3rd on T. I didn’t know that Fred was the type of player a team might splurge a 2 on.
    Jackson has some tools and some grasp on the Vikings offense. But he’d probably have a lot of trouble adjusting to a new system. People write the kid off but remember he’s only started two seasons and was very raw out of college. It isn’t like the book is closed there. He’s flashed at times and has decent QB rating and winning record.
    But the Vikings are too good of a team to risk it with the kid. Brett will come back and it will be another glorious season, hopefully with a happier ending…

  42. hypester says: Mar 4, 2010 9:34 AM

    Anyone who’s listened to Childress over the past year would notice he always mentions Sage before Jackson. Familiarity with the offense was the only reason T-Jack was the designated backup. If Jackson is on the roster this year, his role will be reversed.

  43. jimicos says: Mar 4, 2010 10:35 AM

    garyl says:
    March 3, 2010 9:55 PM
    The amount of money the Vikings made with Farve is quite amazing. The Vikings have the QB with all the all time records in passing football. If he comes back 70,000 yards and 500+ TD’s. No one will ever hit 80,000 and 600 TD’s. Actually, only Peyton stands a chance know that they don’t play contact football anymore. Peyton played in the “girly age of QB protection”.
    ————————-
    Yeah, those 6 years in the mid 90s made all the difference. If you want to be considered a real man, you had to play ’92-’97. If you were a rookie in ’98, then you’re just a vag.
    Remove the purple goggles from your face and slowly back away.

  44. jimicos says: Mar 4, 2010 10:35 AM

    Oh, and learn how to spell “Favre”. It’s embarassing.

  45. VikingsFan23 says: Mar 4, 2010 12:14 PM

    Julius Brown – the Eagles last year went into NY after beating the Vikings and beat the Giants – badly, with the Eagles D making Manning look bad.
    That team ended up going to the NFC Title game.
    I’m not saying Jackson is good, but he’s not bad either. There are worse QBS starting in the NFL – Brady Quinn, I’m looking at you.

  46. hypester says: Mar 4, 2010 2:11 PM

    In regards to the third round tender, it probably reflects trade talks the Vikings already had with teams. His value no doubt set by the marketplace.

  47. Contra says: Mar 4, 2010 7:28 PM

    packers4life says:
    March 4, 2010 1:26 AM
    “Green Bay has a better chance of moving to LA. Gotta love you asshat Packler fans”
    Sorry but the Vikings were the ones that were on the list of teams that could move to LA, not the Packers. It would nearly impossible for the Packers to ever move.
    ——————
    Sorry to burst your bubble but money talks. I don’t care what history the packers have in GB but I’m pretty damn sure LA household income makes GB household income look pathetic. With that being said ticket prices in LA would skyrocket. Don’t think packers would ever move? Ask Browns fans how they feel about that…

  48. JimmySmith says: Mar 5, 2010 9:50 AM

    Contra says: Sorry to burst your bubble but money talks
    +++++++++++++++\\
    How can one even respond to such dribble. The Packers are a publically owned team and as such, a relocation to LA would have to be approved by the team owners (public) Even if you took the position that anything is possible, the chances of the local community approving a Packer move to LA is less than the chances of the Vikings winning a Superbowl, in other words, its never going to happen.

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