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T-Jack is back in Minnesota

T. Jackson.jpgIt wasn’t so long ago that a lot of people expected Tarvaris Jackson to be traded or even cut in the wake of Brett Favre’s signing in Minnesota.

But Jackson wound up outplaying Sage Rosenfels in practice last year and would be the heavy favorite to start in Week One should Favre shock everyone and not return to football in 2010. 

Jackson signed his one-year, $1.176 million contract tender Monday to return to the team.  The Vikings only placed a low tender on him — they would have received a third-rounder in return — because they knew no other team would sign him to an offer sheet.

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41 Responses to “T-Jack is back in Minnesota”
  1. Skin_Flute says: Apr 19, 2010 4:26 PM

    Vikings fans are pussies.

  2. Cannon says: Apr 19, 2010 4:26 PM

    Championship

  3. bluestree says: Apr 19, 2010 4:33 PM

    ” The Vikings only placed a low tender on him — they would have received a third-rounder in return — because they knew no other team would sign him to an offer sheet.”
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    Think maybe it’s time to go to the well again, and draft a developmental qb?

  4. TheBaySay says: Apr 19, 2010 4:34 PM

    Money for nothin’ and the chicks for free…

  5. brasho says: Apr 19, 2010 4:40 PM

    For all those idiots that think they can actually judge a QB that has only 19 career starts, keep in mind that in the last two seasons Jackson’s QB ratings have been 113.4 (in only 21 passes) and 95.4 (in 5 starts and 9 total games played. Also, his career QB rating is 77.8 and he has thrown more TDs than INTs.
    While the jury is still out on Jackson, he is still young and learning and has been pretty good for his lack of experience and maturity, especially consideriing he came from ALabama St. The Vikings aren’t going to be drafting a QB early this season, especially when their #2, or #1 guy, is only 26 and going into his 5th season AND has as much potential and production (in limited amount of work) as Jackson.

  6. PURPLESTEEZ says: Apr 19, 2010 4:41 PM

    CHAMPIONSHIP

  7. AvO156 says: Apr 19, 2010 4:42 PM

    “should Favre shock everyone and not return to football in 2010.” has it really gotten to that point?

  8. allday28 says: Apr 19, 2010 4:47 PM

    He has so much potential but ……..

  9. dahawkster813 says: Apr 19, 2010 4:51 PM

    i dont kno bout no other team snatchin him up. the jets been sneaky and philly 2.

  10. Contra says: Apr 19, 2010 4:52 PM

    Im glad to hear he is back. He has shown flashes of being a skilled QB however I wish they were more than just flashes though.

  11. Profanity in ALL CAPS says: Apr 19, 2010 4:54 PM

    this has been known since last thursday.
    i’m sure ‘bob nelson’ and ‘jimmy smith’ will alert the masses of the crimes against humanity that Minnesota has put on the universe with this signing.

  12. The Van Buren Boys says: Apr 19, 2010 4:57 PM

    I predict December 21st 2012 will be the day that Brett Favre retires from football!!!

  13. purpleguy says: Apr 19, 2010 5:01 PM

    Woo-Hoo! If Lord Favre doesn’t come back, we’re screwed.

  14. mama tried says: Apr 19, 2010 5:02 PM

    T-joke

  15. Ambrose says: Apr 19, 2010 5:03 PM

    I am a little puzzled as to why nobody else would’ve signed him. I still think the Vikings (as a team) would be better off with him than Brett. I think this is the year he gets another chance. The inevitable maturity that develops while waiting in the wings will pay off, either when Brett does not come back or when Brett (likely) gets hurt this year.

  16. RagnarTheBloodAxe says: Apr 19, 2010 5:06 PM

    First off, T-Joke didn’t outplay Rosenfels, he got smoked by Rosenfels but was put in position in the preseason to “win” the backup job only to increase his trade value this year. The Vikings know it, and the other teams in the NFL know it, and that’s why nobody attemped to pick up Jackson’s 3rd round tender.
    If you think about it, if the Vikings were going to really have Jackson as their backup option for Favre, would they wouldn’t have dangled him out there for other teams to attempt to sign for a mere 3rd pick.
    The reality is that Sage Rosenfels is a thousand times the QB that TJoke will ever be, and frankly, if TJoke ever ends up under center at any point in the future, the Vikings will lose, and the fans will lose heart… just like they did when he took over for the playoff game in 2009 versus the Eagles after the play of Gus Ferrotte got the Vikings into the playoffs in the first place.

  17. knightsroundtable says: Apr 19, 2010 5:09 PM

    welcome back.

  18. PurpleRaid12 says: Apr 19, 2010 5:19 PM

    The kid has potential, hopefully Favre comes back this season and T-Jack will have two full seasons to sit behind him and learn. As much as I bash Green Bay, Im not delusional, Aaron Rodgers is a hell of a QB. Is that because he came from a better football background? Maybe. Or was it because he sat and learned what to do and NOT to do behind Favre? I think that if Jackson watches and learns this year again, it will help him exponentially. He’s only improving and he’ll be 27 this season, still plenty of time to become “the guy” for the franchise.

  19. mission says: Apr 19, 2010 5:20 PM

    Nice necklace

  20. jimicos says: Apr 19, 2010 5:28 PM

    brasho says:
    April 19, 2010 4:40 PM
    For all those idiots that think they can actually judge a QB that has only 19 career starts, keep in mind that in the last two seasons Jackson’s QB ratings have been 113.4 (in only 21 passes) and 95.4 (in 5 starts and 9 total games played. Also, his career QB rating is 77.8 and he has thrown more TDs than INTs.
    While the jury is still out on Jackson, he is still young and learning and has been pretty good for his lack of experience and maturity, especially consideriing he came from ALabama St. The Vikings aren’t going to be drafting a QB early this season, especially when their #2, or #1 guy, is only 26 and going into his 5th season AND has as much potential and production (in limited amount of work) as Jackson.
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    And the Vikings were 2-3 in Jackson’s starts during that span.

  21. Badger says: Apr 19, 2010 5:28 PM

    “The Vikings only placed a low tender on him — they would have received a third-rounder in return — because they knew no other team would sign him to an offer sheet.”
    This is just bad journalism. While many will agree with you, you can’t, with any level of certainty, back up this claim. Did every team call the Vikings and tell them that they wouldn’t sign Jackson to an offer sheet at that compensation level? Did the Vikings then call you so you could finish this brilliant post?
    If you want to post your opinions, make it clear.

  22. RagnarTheBloodAxe says: Apr 19, 2010 5:52 PM

    I think it’s hilarious that people keep saying that TJoke has potential but just needs a couple of years to sit behind a veteran and learn.
    That is the kind of thing people say about developmental rookies, and Tavaris Jokeson is three year veteran. If a three year veteran still has less skill than most rookies, like TJoke does currently, it’s time to move on. The guy just doesn’t have the mental abilities required to successfully play the position in the NFL, or in Division 1 college football for that matter.
    Yeah, some people will come back with a quote about his passer rating or his “upside”, but the reality is that his passer rating is a false statistic in that when he has been playing, he has been put in position, via playcalling and being matched against selective opponents in preseason games, where his potential to make mistakes is virtually eliminated. Yet he keep making mistakes, huge ones.
    The time has come for the Vikings, as an organization, to move on and get a QB that fans can believe in, or at least have hope in, when said QB is under center.

  23. neseigb says: Apr 19, 2010 5:55 PM

    Too bad for T-Jax. A black quarterback will never succeed in MN. Even when Culpepper was playing well rubes were calling radio stations calling for old noodle arm Brad Johnson to start. The fans in MN prefer the Gus Ferrottes and Kelly Holcombs of the league.

  24. Fan of Football says: Apr 19, 2010 5:56 PM

    “The inevitable maturity that develops while waiting in the wings will pay off, either when Brett does not come back or when Brett (likely) gets hurt this year.”
    Wasn’t he “likely” to get hurt last year? According to you and the other yokels, it was an absolute certainty. After 20 years, does he seriously still have to prove you wrong?

  25. GOVIKES|GOVIKES says: Apr 19, 2010 6:42 PM

    Considering some of the washup’s and no names I’ve seen signed to be backups in this league I’m surprised no one was willing to grab a guy who is decent, and could be good in the right situation for only a third rounder. I mean, Jake Delhomme, that guy is washed up, and sounds like he’s gonna have a chance at a starting job?! I’d take T-Jax over him any day of the week.
    Then again, I have never understood the psychotic value GM’s place on draft picks either, considering how many of them are busts.

  26. jimmySee says: Apr 19, 2010 6:42 PM

    I can’t understand all the anomosity about this kid. Sitting behind Brett for three years did wonders for Aaron Rodgers.

  27. mike says: Apr 19, 2010 6:45 PM

    Nice to see a few vikings fans are realistic. T-jack is not the answer

  28. footballrulz says: Apr 19, 2010 6:54 PM

    Sitting behind Favre for three years did Aaron good because he watched, learned & studied. Certainly not because Favre “mentored him”. Hopefully, T-Jak has been doing some of this. Favre’s a great QB, but he ain’t no teacher (except to rookie receivers).

  29. rcunningham says: Apr 19, 2010 7:17 PM

    # neseigb says: April 19, 2010 5:55 PM
    Too bad for T-Jax. A black quarterback will never succeed in MN. Even when Culpepper was playing well rubes were calling radio stations calling for old noodle arm Brad Johnson to start. The fans in MN prefer the Gus Ferrottes and Kelly Holcombs of the league.
    Are you retarded? The only time Viking fans wanted Culpepper to be benched was when he threw 8 interceptions in the first 3 weeks of 2005. He played terribly, and didn’t get the axe until he was injured.
    Brad Johnson played far better than him that year too.
    Don’t talk crap when you have no idea what you’re talking about.

  30. TheWizard says: Apr 19, 2010 7:22 PM

    A black quarterback will never succeed in MN
    Always so easy to fall back to that, isn’t it?

  31. Fan of Football says: Apr 19, 2010 7:29 PM

    “Sitting behind Favre for three years did Aaron good because he watched, learned & studied. Certainly not because Favre “mentored him”.”
    It’s not a QBs job to mentor rookies. Those that do are either stupid or don’t care about their starting job.
    Any way, even AR said himself that after his rookie season that Favre opened up to him and started mentoring him extensively.

  32. sand0 says: Apr 19, 2010 7:47 PM

    Jackson for 1.2 million a year is a good deal for the Vikings. Is he going to be a super star someday? I think we can confidently say no at this point.
    However, he has a lot of experience in the Vikings system. He has a winning record and reasonable passer rating and other statistics. People that ridicule him for his body language and some of the mistakes he makes probably then ignore when he darts a 30 yard out off a roll out that most QB’s don’t have the athleticism to attempt.
    Bottom line, he is a solid backup QB in this league. I’d rather have him back there than Brian Brohm obviously, and there are plenty of other backups you can say the same about.
    People forget that Jackson’s main problem in this league has been getting injured. That has stunted his development. Well, that and he played like crap in his only playoff game.
    Still, for 1.2 mil you get a capable backup QB with experience in your system who is a good team player. This is a nice deal for the Vikings. Fortunately TJack is so much of a system QB that no other team will ever be interested in him. His path begins and ends here in Minny, one way or the other.

  33. RagnarTheBloodAxe says: Apr 19, 2010 7:54 PM

    [i]”neseigb says: A black quarterback will never succeed in MN. Even when Culpepper was playing well rubes were calling radio stations calling for old noodle arm Brad Johnson to start. The fans in MN prefer the Gus Ferrottes.[/i]”
    Yes, we didn’t like Cullpepper because he was nicknamed Daunte “fumbles” Cullpepper and his constant turnovers were impossible to deal with. Not only that, but once he lost Randy Moss, suddenly old “fumbles” couldn’t complete a pass.
    We like Gus Ferrotte because he was better than Tavaris Jackson. Consequently, Gus took us to the playoffs, and then Jackson promptly got us knocked out of them.
    Also, instead of using race as a crutch and calling the rest of the world racist whenever they call out an overrated black QB that isn’t getting the job done, perhaps you should stop being a racist yourself by supporting inferior QB’s just because they are black.
    PS: I loved Warren Moon… but he was the last black QB the Vikings have had on their roster that was worth starting.

  34. bluestree says: Apr 19, 2010 8:42 PM

    RagnarTheBloodAxe says:
    April 19, 2010 5:06 PM
    First off, T-Joke didn’t outplay Rosenfels, he got smoked by Rosenfels but was put in position in the preseason to “win” the backup job only to increase his trade value this year. The Vikings know it, and the other teams in the NFL know it, and that’s why nobody attemped to pick up Jackson’s 3rd round tender.
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    I thought since they brought Rosencopter in he was gonna be the next guy (for a couple years). Tjack could never get through his reads and get rid of it in rhythm, not that Sage is an all pro, but seriously. Not being able to read the defense catches up to a qb, they peg your tendancies and you’re done. Look at Culpepper. Even his physical talent didn’t help once they figured out what he couldn’t read.
    I didn’t get what they were doing with TJack, but trade value makes sense, except he may have blown that. At least according to Rosenthal.

  35. rcunningham says: Apr 19, 2010 8:45 PM

    RagnarTheBloodAxe says: PS: I loved Warren Moon… but he was the last black QB the Vikings have had on their roster that was worth starting.
    I think you’re forgetting Randall Cunningham, my all time favorite player.
    Yes he had a great supporting cast, but Brad Johnson couldn’t get the ball to Randy the same way Randall could. Randall’s bombs were absolutely beautiful.

  36. Real Vikings fans wouldn't cheer for Favre says: Apr 19, 2010 9:17 PM

    @RagnarTheBloodAxe
    You really think Sage Rosenfels SMOKED Tarvaris Jackson? In what? Looking at the training camp stories from local newspaper reports, it was pretty even. Some days T-Jack looked better, some days Sage looked better. Then come pre-season, Jackson was clearly better! He had a higher completion percentage, a higher yards per completion, and an TD-INT ratio of 3-0 compared to Sage’s 0-1. Please tell me where the “smoking” took place.
    You undeniably have something against T-Jack other than his play to flat out lie about his ability compared to some guy that’s had 9 years to make it and hasn’t.
    Thanks for your worthless input though :)
    On to the actual signing now…Favre is coming back so worst case scenario the Vikings have a good back up that knows that system, best case scenario they have the future of the franchise. All that for $1 mill a year? Not bad at all folks.

  37. Klytus says: Apr 19, 2010 9:18 PM

    I’m hopeful the T.J. has been quietly learning from one of the best quarterbacks ever. What an education last year must have been for the young man. And Bret seems to be the type that gladly shares his knowledge of the game. Having Farve arrive may have been the best thing that could have happened for T.J..
    GO STEELERS!

  38. c.carterhof says: Apr 19, 2010 9:29 PM

    rcunningham says:
    I think you’re forgetting Randall Cunningham, my all time favorite player.
    Yes he had a great supporting cast, but Brad Johnson couldn’t get the ball to Randy the same way Randall could. Randall’s bombs were absolutely beautiful.
    ————
    Yes they were. He had a great year. I just dont know what the hell went wrong with him in 99′. Its like those bombs werent working and he couldnt adapt. Jeff George had to come in and save the season.

  39. c.carterhof says: Apr 19, 2010 10:26 PM

    Real Vikings fans wouldn’t cheer for Favre says:
    Favre is coming back so worst case scenario the Vikings have a good back up that knows that system, best case scenario they have the future of the franchise. All that for $1 mill a year? Not bad at all folks.
    ———
    First of all, Favre wears the Purple now, so its ok to cheer for him.
    I agree with you about the worst case thing, but the best case…
    Are you implying that T-Jax could be the future? You dont think… No man, see I at one time thought that. About 2 years ago. Let it go man, let it go.

  40. jimicos says: Apr 20, 2010 10:43 AM

    neseigb says:
    April 19, 2010 5:55 PM
    Too bad for T-Jax. A black quarterback will never succeed in MN. Even when Culpepper was playing well rubes were calling radio stations calling for old noodle arm Brad Johnson to start. The fans in MN prefer the Gus Ferrottes and Kelly Holcombs of the league.
    ————————-
    And Culpepper proved them wrong after Moss left town, right? No, that’s not it.
    He proved them wrong with his play in Miami, right? I mean Oakland. I mean Detroit. Nevermind.

  41. jimicos says: Apr 20, 2010 10:45 AM

    jimmySee says:
    April 19, 2010 6:42 PM
    I can’t understand all the anomosity about this kid. Sitting behind Brett for three years did wonders for Aaron Rodgers.
    ————————
    You’re making an assumption that it actually helped Rodgers.

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