Vikings throw Tarvaris Jackson jerseys into the bargain bin

From time to time, folks try to glean evidence of looming personnel moves from the price points applied to player jerseys.  Though in some cases roughly as reliable as a Ouija board on a fishing boat, the decision to dramatically cut the value of a jersey bearing the name and number of a player still on the team reasonably can be interpreted as a sign that someone in the organization has reason to believe that the player won’t be on the team in much longer.

And when it happens within the confines of the protracted annual exercise in “will he or won’t he?” (or, as it’s known this year, “why in the hell won’t he just tell us what we already know?”), it becomes slightly more intriguing.

A reader points out that the Vikings have added to their online bargain bin a couple of different styles of Tarvaris Jackson jerseys.  And so for the same price that jerseys previously worn by the likes of Chester Taylor, Darren Sharper, and Matt Birk can be purchased, Vikings fans can get their hands on the shirt worn by a guy who possibly isn’t long for purple.

Earlier this year, NFLShop.com temporarily offered LaDainian Tomlinson jerseys in Vikings colors, at a time when L.T. was deciding between Minnesota and the Jets.  This time around, the sale appears on the team-owned fan shop.

In the end, it likely means nothing — other than that the team has concluded that the demand for Tarvaris Jackson jerseys currently is equal to the demand for the jerseys of three guys who currently play for other teams.

Which, frankly, sounds about right.

31 responses to “Vikings throw Tarvaris Jackson jerseys into the bargain bin

  1. They have a couple dozen left and those are selling like nuclear waste.
    They are better off donating them to Haiti and writing off the full price off their taxes rather than expecting people to actually purchase them for six bits.

  2. I wouldn’t read too much into this, but it certainly seems unfair to subject a player and teammate to this kind of scrutiny and speculation, even if it is something as simple as a jersey.
    I’m telling you, Farve may have been the clydesdale of the NFL for the last one-hundred years, but it could end at any moment and the Vikings are going to need Jackson’s head on straight. Right now, they seemingly don’t care a bit.

  3. You failed to note that it’s only youth replica jersey’s that are on sale.
    Also, their normal price is much lower than the adult ‘discount’ jerseys. (which they are now the same price as)
    … I think you’re reading *way* too much into this.

  4. Even if T-Jack were the starter, very few MN fans will want his jersey, for obvious reasons. Then again, T-Jack’s jersey is probably outselling Underwood and Jolly jerseys.

  5. Big deal, the Chiefs have Bowe and Cassel jerseys in their “sale” section as well. I doubt that means they won’t be starters.

  6. The discounted Jackson jerseys can be found on top of that big pile of PFT Season Preview magazines.

  7. The Queens better hope this doesn’t get inside Jackson’s head. If Princess Favre decides to stay in Mississippi, this could guarantee Minny’s fall to fourth place in the NFC North, and an all-expenses paid relocation to sunny L.A.

  8. When is the NFL going to start selling the
    much anticipated LA Vikings jerseys?

  9. That’s a nice story. Bob Nelson and JimmySmith now might be able to afford a jersey for their kids to. I can see it now, little Jimmys and Bobs running routs in the trailer park, while their dad’s look on with pride while sipping on a dixie cup of $6 brandy. Wait a tick, you have to get laid to have kids, never mind.

  10. The offseason has ended. And were taking about jersey prices for a backup quarterback.

  11. # robert ethen says: July 28, 2010 10:37 AM
    The discounted Jackson jerseys can be found on top of that big pile of PFT Season Preview magazines.
    ——————————————————
    And just below the signed copies of Quarterback of the Future.

  12. @ buhbayic
    Thanks for the offer, I would rather dress my kids in “Kick me” shirts that put a T Jack Off jersey on them, actually they are basically the same thing.
    What makes this story rich is the fact that Col Klink and company traded up into the second round to land this “QB of the future” Didn’t anybody in the organization realize that outside of the fact that he hardly speaks English (Ebonics fluent though), he only played against D2 colleges, hardly a good point of reference when evaluating talent at the NFL level.
    But I have to give the Vikings credit when credit is due. Ron Wolf used to say that he would rather cut a player one season too early than one season too late. Ok, its already one season too late for T Jack Off but at least the Vikings are finally arriving at the same conclusion as the rest of us, the guy is a joke and the UFL or Arena football awaits his arrival.

  13. So are they giving away Sage jerseys? The could sell ones worn by Sage himself since they never got dirty.

  14. They ought to make sure Tarvaris Jackson is wearing one of those jerseys before they toss them in the discount bin.

  15. Gotta make room on the jersey shelf for the next Great Purple Hope from Alabama-someplace … wide receiver turned quarterback Joe-boy Webb.

  16. I don’t understand why the vikings wouldn’t have confidence in T Jack over Favre, I mean, that guy is a beast! He’s this new style of running quarterback that’s gonna take over the league! It’s gonna be great!———-time travel comment from 10 years ago, before it became widely known that running quarterbacks were so 1999.

  17. I’d suggest that Bob and Jimmy dress their kids up in Aaron Rodgers jerseys. . .but then I’d probably get blamed for kids in Jared Allen jerseys kicking their asses on a daily basis.
    Because that’s exactly what would happen. . .just like it does in the NFL.

  18. did bob and jimmy adopt some kids? they should have put out an announcement.

  19. What makes this story rich is the fact that Col Klink and company traded up into the second round to land this “QB of the future” Didn’t anybody in the organization realize that outside of the fact that he hardly speaks English (Ebonics fluent though), he only played against D2 colleges, hardly a good point of reference when evaluating talent at the NFL level.
    =====================================
    The funniest part of all this Jackson bashing is that there is a very good comparison to draw…. Steve McNair. Refresh me memory, what conference did he play in? The same one Jackson did. Now look back and compare stats from their first few years. What, you say that McNair didn’t have the #1 running game to work with? Right. He had the #2 running game, some guy named Eddie George.
    Is this to say that Jackson will be as successful as McNair? No. But let’s look at McNair’s struggles to adjust to the pro game and keep that in mind in light of Jackson’s struggles. But please, don’t strain your minds with logical thought. I’m sure there are plenty of knee-jerk responses ready for you to type.

  20. # Percy Nugz says: July 28, 2010 11:09 AM
    Just as sunny here as it is in L.A. dumbass. Summers here are second to none.
    Don’t get around much, do you? Hot and humid is not second to none. In fact it’s down right awful. Then you through in the mosquitoes and other misc bugs. But hey, it’s still better than the deep South.

  21. Brewdogg says:
    July 28, 2010 2:01 PM
    The funniest part of all this Jackson bashing is that there is a very good comparison to draw…. Steve McNair. Refresh me memory, what conference did he play in? The same one Jackson did. Now look back and compare stats from their first few years. What, you say that McNair didn’t have the #1 running game to work with? Right. He had the #2 running game, some guy named Eddie George.
    Is this to say that Jackson will be as successful as McNair? No. But let’s look at McNair’s struggles to adjust to the pro game and keep that in mind in light of Jackson’s struggles. But please, don’t strain your minds with logical thought. I’m sure there are plenty of knee-jerk responses ready for you to type.
    ——————–
    Are you saying Jackson could be as good as–GULP–McNair? Wow, that’s really.. Not very good.
    No offense to McNair, but his average season was 3200 yards passing, 18 TDs, 13 INTs. Not exactly the stuff of legends.

  22. Are you saying Jackson could be as good as–GULP–McNair? Wow, that’s really.. Not very good.
    No offense to McNair, but his average season was 3200 yards passing, 18 TDs, 13 INTs. Not exactly the stuff of legends.
    ===================================
    No, but a decent starter nonetheless. Are you going to say you wouldn’t have taken McNair in his prime if you could have?

  23. Best QB’s on the Vikings roster from best to worst…
    1: Brett Favre
    2: Sage Rosenfels
    3: RJ Archer
    4: Joe Webb
    5: Sidney Rice
    6: Percy Harvin
    ……
    80: Tavaris “T-Joke” Jackson
    Seriously, this guy has been a wasted roster spot for years. He coat us the playoffs in 2007. He single-handedly lost a playoff game for us in 2008. He useless in 2009. How many more years are wegoing to squaton his rights before we realize he doesn’t have what it takes, and he never did?

  24. Brewdogg says:
    July 28, 2010 6:33 PM
    No, but a decent starter nonetheless. Are you going to say you wouldn’t have taken McNair in his prime if you could have?
    ———————-
    Yes, that’s exactly what I’m going to say. He was tough and consistent, but never really good.

  25. Adam-Chris Schefterson says:
    July 29, 2010 2:01 PM
    Brewdogg says:
    July 28, 2010 6:33 PM
    No, but a decent starter nonetheless. Are you going to say you wouldn’t have taken McNair in his prime if you could have?
    —————– —–
    Yes, that’s exactly what I’m going to say. He was tough and consistent, but never really good.
    —————– —–
    The problem with you ultimately flawed logic is that McNair showed promise and Jackson never has. I know the media (especially in MN) was hyping this guy up like he was the second coming of Warren Moon, but anyone who has ever played football could tell that T-Joke didn’t have it, and never would.
    I just never have understood why, over the last 20 years, the Vikings have seemed so determined to have a black QB. I mean the last time they took a white QB in the first three rounds of the draft was Tommy Kramer… and that was in, what, 1981? The are the only NFL team with that kind of record.

  26. Adam-Chris Schefterson says:
    July 29, 2010 2:01 PM
    Brewdogg says:
    July 28, 2010 6:33 PM
    No, but a decent starter nonetheless. Are you going to say you wouldn’t have taken McNair in his prime if you could have?
    —————– —–
    Yes, that’s exactly what I’m going to say. He was tough and consistent, but never really good.
    ==============================
    3 time pro Bowler
    1 time all pro
    2003 co-MVP
    Nah, not very good.
    Cmon Adam, he wasn’t Montana, but he wasn’t David Whitehurst either.

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