Seahawks still have no veteran backup quarterback

AP

In Russell Wilson, the Seahawks have one of the best young quarterbacks in the NFL.  Behind him, they have no experienced or otherwise established presence.

Beyond Wilson, the only other quarterbacks currently on the roster are B.J. Daniels and R.J. Archer.

Daniels, a seventh-round pick of the 49ers in 2013, arrived via waivers in October of that year.  Later cut from the active roster, Daniels spent all of 2013 and most of 2014 on the practice squad.

Archer spent time with the Vikings in 2010.  He has since bounced around various leagues, playing for the AFL’s Milwaukee Mustangs in 2011, the AFL’s Georgia Force in 2012, the Lions in 2012, the CFL’s Winnipeg Blue Bombers in 2012, and the AFL’s Jacksonville Sharks in 2013 and 2014.

Coach Pete Carroll has said that Daniels could be used as a receiver and returner in 2015, which makes it even more important to have a competent and experienced understudy for Wilson.  That’s been Tarvaris Jackson for the last two years, and it could be Jackson again in 2015.

But the free agent remains unsigned.  Per a league source, the two sides have yet to be able to agree on Jackson’s value.  Last year, Jackson made $1.25 million, nearly twice the amount of Wilson’s base salary of $662,000.

This year, Wilson eventually could be making a lot more.  Which will pinch the budget for the rest of the depth chart.

Regardless, it’ll be important to have someone behind Wilson who can play at a high level, in the event Wilson is injured.  There aren’t many viable alternatives to Jackson, especially in light of the team’s approach on offense.  Given the team’s style, maybe Seattle can be the eventual landing spot for Mike Vick.

48 responses to “Seahawks still have no veteran backup quarterback

  1. I honestly question whether any team will pick up Vick, let alone Seattle. He made it pretty clear that if he wasn’t going to start, he wasn’t going to prepare each week like he was playing. They can pay a lot less for a scrub he will be just as awful.

  2. There aren’t many viable alternatives to Jackson, especially in light of the team’s approach on offense

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    Being black doesn’t make Jackson a good runner. He’s a terrible runner. There is no other Wilson style QB to be found in the NFL. They won’t even bother trying to find one.

  3. B. J Daniels looked pretty good in his short amount of pre-season time behind Jackson/Wilson. 3 years into the system I can see him putting up a fight to any back up they bring. Although the Seahawks have said they may be trying him at different positions due to his athletic ability.

  4. Yes, Tebowmaniacs, BJ Daniels is an NFL qb and your guy is not. Queue the whining in 3, 2, 1….

  5. The notion of vet backups is overrated. Would any team really feel alright about having to put in Ryan Pickspatrick at any point in the game?

  6. If you need a backup quarterback…. Give Vince Young a chance.. He wouldn’t cost you a lot of money…. He can still play at a HIGH level,…. His NFL career record is 31-19… He’s a 2 time Pro-Bowler with playoff experience…
    The NFL is all about “WINS and LOSSES”…. and Vince can WIN…….
    He was voted 2006 NFL Rookie of the Year…..
    I think he still has something left…

  7. There aren’t any good available QBs whose first names are initials at the moment. If A.J. McCarron or E.J. Manuel become available the Seahawks will snatch them up.

  8. Why do you need a veteran? You could put Ryan lindley behind center and they still would have won a sb. It’s the system, just like the defense keeps churning out players who seem good yet go to other teams in FA and do nothing.

    Everyone who doesn’t live in Seattle knows that.

  9. Show me a QB with higher QB rating, yards including rushing, TDs incl rushing, etc.

    Oh yeah, and playoff record, two SB appearances and a ring.

    All in first three years.

    I’ll wait.

  10. Carrol is likely waiting to see Philly cut Barkley. Guy is better then people give him credit for he just doesnt fit that stupid O. He isnt a physical guy what he does well is out think Ds.

  11. The Seahawks are the only team that Jake Locker might come out of retirement for. And if he did, they’d immediately have the best backup QB in the league.

  12. Could Seattle’s coaching staff teach Tebow to throw accurately?
    I very much doubt you’d have any sort of quarterback controversy in Seattle, Tebow is a hell of an athlete, a very hard worker, and would come cheap.

    Believe it or not, he also has NFL experience…. and is available

    I’m all for trying him out, can he possibly be worse than Terrelle Pryor?

    Tebow won’t cost more…… and would be frightful on option plays. Can he learn to read NFL defenses and pass accurately?……very minimal risk.

  13. They don’t want to pay Jackson more than $660,000 in order to save money. Do you think they could convince Vick to sign for less than $2 – 3 million?

  14. Quarterback isn’t the most important position on the Seahawks team. It isn’t even the most important position on their offense. Wilson sure gets a lot of credit for what his teammates have managed to accomplish. Wilson is average on his best day an sub par on his average day. I’d like to see Wilson on a team like Jacksonville or Cleveland. I bet fans there would want him gone and wonder why he was ever in the league.

  15. realitycheckbaby says: Apr 12, 2015 4:10 PM

    RW is the GOAT NFL QB through three years.

    Check the stats.

    Sorry pathetic haters, we’ll keep playing in Feb. and you keep flipping burgers.

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    Someone else posted this on another article but it bears repeating to the troll who continues to post the nonsense above.

    Didn’t complete a pass until over 25 mins into a sb game.

    Threw the game losing int in a sb game.

    0-7 when the opposing team scores 25 pts or more including 0-2 in the playoffs.

    Holds two of the worst qb ratings for a playoff game in NFL history.

    Plays in a division with the worst qb’s in the league.

    Numbers don’t lie

  16. Let’s see…B J Daniels was 2nd as the all time yardage leader in the Big East…10,500 yards and 77 TD’s…while missing part of his senior year due to injuries (maybe why he wasn’t a higher round draft pick in 2013…7th round by SF)…he was picked up on waivers by in Oct 2013 and has been with Seattle’s practice squad for 2 seasons. He knows the offense, looks a lot like Wilson with his ability to run and throw…is said to be smart like Wilson…sounds like Seattle has been grooming him to be the backup…Vick?…you need better drugs…Look for Daniels to be on the 53 this year…Jackson already visited with Miami with no deal…openly suggested he’d like to finish his career in Minn…they made other arrangements…Seattle will sign him at their price or go with Daniels…I see many teams in the NFL with far worse backup options…especially in the NFC West

  17. So the Hawks need a good veteran backup but the Patriots don’t even though Brady is older and is therefore more likely to get injured if he gets hit hard. Gotcha.

  18. Whatever happened to Terrelle Pryor? I saw him play for Seattle in 2 preseason games last year. And thought he looked impressive. I was actually shocked when they released him. Because he also claimed interest in playing wide receiver if QB didn’t work out in the NFL. With his speed (4.4-40 yd dash). And his size (6’6″ tall). He seemed like the perfect complement to Wilson’s style as a backup. He must have been caught up in some of that preseason locker room turmoil or politics for Seattle to just dismiss someone with his potential on the final cut. IMO they should being him back in. Not T. Jackson.

  19. “Didn’t complete a pass until over 25 mins into a sb game.

    Threw the game losing int in a sb game.

    0-7 when the opposing team scores 25 pts or more including 0-2 in the playoffs.

    Holds two of the worst qb ratings for a playoff game in NFL history.

    Plays in a division with the worst qb’s in the league.

    Numbers don’t lie”

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    LOL, if you want to use those numbers, look at Tom Brady’s numbers in losses to Eli manning in Superbowls. More picks when the game was on the line, and the superbowl that he “won” he had through 2 critical picks and he looked absolutely shocked that he actually won the superbowl on the final drive. Look at tom brady’s QB competition with Miami and the Jets over the past few years. Not to mention the near 10 year drought of Brady in a superbowl. To judge a 3rd year QB with a ring already and nearly a second too Tom Brady is ridiculous. He’s doing better than the choke master Peyton Manning for sure.

    You judge QBs by superbowls, Wilson has 1 and will probably gain 1 or 2 more when it’s all over. Brady was considered the best QB in the last 15 years before he even won his fourth.

  20. braceyourselffor12 says: Apr 12, 2015 7:38 PM
    Someone else posted this on another article but it bears repeating to the troll who continues to post the nonsense above.

    Didn’t complete a pass until over 25 mins into a sb game.

    Totally irrelevant since in the end he ended up throwing for 247 yards and 2 touchdowns.
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    Threw the game losing int in a sb game.

    So did Peyton Manning.
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    0-7 when the opposing team scores 25 pts or more including 0-2 in the playoffs.

    At least 3 of those games were at 10AM, where West Coast teams always play poorly. He also threw for 385 yards and what should have been the game winning TD with 30 seconds left in the Atlanta playoff game, but Gus Bradley’s gummy bear soft prevent defense gave up the game winning field goal. Maybe you’re blaming him for not blocking it?
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    Holds two of the worst qb ratings for a playoff game in NFL history.

    And won both of them, as I recall. Not to mention in the NFC championship game he won it by driving his team for 3 scores in the last 5 minutes and overtime including the picture perfect 39 yard game-winning walkoff TD bomb.

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    Plays in a division with the worst qb’s in the league.

    Personally I think Kaepernick and Bradford are way better than Blake Bortles and Zach Mettenburger, but hey, that’s just me.
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    Numbers don’t lie

    You’re right, they don’t. Here’s some for you, since you made such a big deal out passer rating:

    #2 All time Passer Rating, Regular Season: Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks, 98.6.
    #5 All Time Passer Rating, Post Season: Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks, 97.8.

    Here’s some more numbers for you:

    Players who threw for at least 50 TD passes in their first 2 years: Peyton Manning, Dan Marino, Russell Wilson.

    84 TD passes in first 3 seasons, more than Tom Brady.

    More wins than any QB in the last 3 seasons.

    More wins in his first 3 seasons than any QB in NFL history.

    I guess you’re right about one thing. The numbers don’t lie. And the numbers say Wilson is already one of the greatest of all time and on a path to HOF career. Thanks to you and Heelergirl for stopping by.

  21. shlort says: Apr 12, 2015 7:05 PM

    Quarterback isn’t the most important position on the Seahawks team. It isn’t even the most important position on their offense. Wilson sure gets a lot of credit for what his teammates have managed to accomplish. Wilson is average on his best day an sub par on his average day. I’d like to see Wilson on a team like Jacksonville or Cleveland. I bet fans there would want him gone and wonder why he was ever in the league.
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    Why don’t you stick to trying to convince people the Seahawks are in cap hell even though they’ve got $44 million in cap space for next year?

  22. I’m quite comfortable with BJ Daniels who has 2 years in the system and is an incredible athlete. Can he do the same things Wilson can? Of course not, if he could he would be starting somewhere else.

    That being said, I think the only reason T Jack hasn’t already re-signed with the team is because he’s hoping to make more than the veteran minimum for a team that actually might need him. He’s been an excellent backup in Seattle and he still has one of the strongest arms in the NFL, but I suspect that he will eventually sign with Seattle somewhere close to the veteran minimum when no other opportunities present themselves.

  23. For those of you that haven’t seen B.J. Daniels the dude has the same abilities as Wilson. Remember the first time I saw him in a game I thought it was Russell Wilson, same size.

  24. I am hoping that T Jack gets resigned by the Seahawks for the next season. I wonder if part of the hold up is that he may be looking for a longer term contract and with B.J. seemingly the next up #2QB being groomed, that may be something the Hawks are not willing to do. T Jack has been a very good backup and leaves a warm and fuzzy feeling that the Hawks have the ability in the short term to keep moving forward, if something keeps Wilson out of a game or two.

    If he gets signed by someone else or doesn’t come back for close to the Vet minimum, B.J. will easily step into the #2 role and not be used for other duties, as currently is being contemplated. Look for the team to then draft, in the very late rounds, a QB to compete for #3/practice squad duties.

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