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Bills dealing with Seattle for Tarvaris Jackson

By Mark Gaughan

Vince Young may have played himself out of a job with his underwhelming performance against the Pittsburgh Steelers Saturday night.

Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll confirmed to reporters tonight that he expects his team to deal quarterback Tarvaris Jackson to the Buffalo Bills. The deal has not yet been finalized, while the Bills work on restructuring Jackson's contract. NFL.com first reported the trade talks.

Said Carroll: "It's been agreed upon. But there still is a little bit of paperwork to do. It's scheduled to be done."

Young threw two interceptions in the 38-7 loss to Pittsburgh and has struggled to look efficient in Chan Gailey's spread passing offense. Meanwhile, Bills backup Tyler Thigpen has had an unimpressive summer and did not see any action in Saturday's game. The situation raised major concerns about whether the Bills have any security whatsoever behind starting quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick.

Jackson, a former second-round draft pick in Minnesota, has become expendable in Seattle, which acquired former Packer Matt Flynn in free agency and drafted Wisconsin's Russell Wilson. Flynn has been battling a sore elbow. Wilson has had a great preseason. Carroll named Wilson the starter for the regular season.

Jackson is 17-17 as a starting quarterback. He was signed by Seattle in free agency last year and went 7-7 as a starter.

"Tarvaris, all that we've ever seen from him is that he's a great competitor and a perfect guy to have on your team," Carroll said. "Because of our situation and the opportunity with the guys that we have, he deserves a chance to be playing. Buffalo came after him, and I hope it's a good thing for him."

"He did a great job for us and proved everything you'd ever want to see out of a competitor on your team. We think the world of him," Carroll said.

Jackson's career started off well in Minnesota, as he went 8-4 as a starter in 2007, his second season. However, he relied heavily on a running game led by Adrian Peterson and had a passer rating of 70.8, 28th in the league. Jackson lost his starting job to Gus Frerotte the next year and he rode the bench behind Brett Favre the next two seasons.

Seattle signed him to a two-year contract in free agency last year, and he took over as the starter. Jackson has received favorable reviews thorughout his career for his leadership ability. He started last season 2-3 and was completing 63 percent of his passes.

But in the second half of the fifth game of the season (a win over the New York Giants), he partially tore the pectoral muscle in his chest. The injury forced him to miss parts of three games. Over the final seven games of the season, Seattle relied more heavily on the run game, and Jackson averaged 188 gross passing yards over that stretch.

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Tim Graham

Tim Graham

Tim Graham returned to The Buffalo News in 2011 after covering the NFL for three years at ESPN and for one year at the Palm Beach Post. Before that, the Cleveland native spent seven seasons on the Buffalo Sabres beat for The News and was president of the Boxing Writers Association of America.

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Mark Gaughan

Mark Gaughan

Buffalo native Mark Gaughan started working at The News in 1980 and has been covering the Bills exclusively since 1992. He is a former president of the Pro Football Writers of America, and he is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame selection committee.

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Jay Skurski

Jay Skurski joined The News in January 2009. The Lewiston native attended St. Francis High School before graduating from the University of South Florida. He writes a weekly Fantasy column in addition to his beat writing duties.

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