The Buffalo Bills didn't give Tarvaris Jackson a chance to quarterback the team in 2012, but it appears he'll have a shot to take the job in 2013.
The Bills re-signed Jackson and told him there will be an open competition for the quarterback job. Former coach Chan Gailey didn't give Jackson any reps after the team acquired him from Seattle in August, but new coach Doug Marrone said everyone will have a shot at the job held the last few years by Ryank Fitzpatrick:
"I spoke with Ryan (Fitzpatrick) and Tarvaris (Jackson) and told them we will have an open competition at the quarterback position, similar to what we will do at all positions on our team heading into our offseason work. I believe that our players will embrace this challenge."
For his career, Jackson is 625-for-1,053 for 7,075 yards with 38 touchdowns and 35 interceptions. The 29-year-old made $4 million last season, but terms of his new deal weren't immediately known.
Jackson told "The John Murphy Show" on WGR 550 AM radio, despite his never having actually played for the Bills, he wanted to come back knowing he'd have a shot at starting:
"I feel pretty good about it. I talked to (Bills GM )Buddy (Nix) right before the season ended and after the season ended, and it sounded like he really wanted me there so that’s where I wanted to go."
The Bills also signed Aaron Corp this week. The 2011 Richmond graduate was in Bills camp last summer but didn't catch on with them or anyone else.
What isn't known for certain is what Jackson's signing means for Fitzpatrick. He's due $10.45 million next season on the seven-year, $59 million deal he signed in 2011. Many have speculated he'll be traded or dealt, as he struggled again in 2012 with 3,400 yards, 24 touchdowns and 16 interceptions – several of which came at the end of what would have been game-winning drives. He also showed an inability to consistently throw the ball downfield, relying on halfback dump-offs and screens for the most part.
The Bills have shown they're not afraid to part ways with veterans, having let go of Donald Jones, Nick Barnett, George Wilson and Terrence McGee over the past week and a half.
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