When it was announced that the Bills would be bringing back Tavaris Jackson, everyone was a bit confused. Jackson wasn’t even dressed once last season after coming over in a trade with the Seahawks, and it seemed that the team would just let him walk at the end of the year. That wasn’t the case.
Now Jackson is in Buffalo for one more year, and this time he’s likely to be on the roster. WGR 550 is reporting that he will make 1.75 million if he makes the team, so its not like they are shelling out a lot of money to make it happen either. Even though it was unexpected, the move actually does make sense.
Jackson has already been in Buffalo for a year, so he somewhat knows the personnel, even if the coaching staff is changing. He also has been a starter in the past, which is a nice attribute to have. I’m sure he isn’t your dream starting quarterback, but he’s a solid backup to have on your roster.
Tyler Thigpen is obviously not going to be back in Buffalo, so Jackson could fit into that role if the Bills draft a new quarterback or decide to keep Ryan Fitzpatrick. If Fitzpatrick is still the starter next season, Jackson could serve as a nice alternative if things don’t go well. The Bills have made sure in the past that Fitz has no competition and would clearly be the starter. It appears like that won’t be the case in the Doug Marrone era, as he has reportedly told both quarterbacks there will be an open competition.
Bringing back Jackson is a low risk move that could be high reward (although its probably very unlikely). If you look at the market for backup quarterbacks in free agency, there really isn’t much else out there. For a starter, at least it’d be someone who wasn’t Fitzpatrick. That being said, I think we’d all like to see someone else starting for the Bills come next season.