Originally written on 60 Max Power O  |  Last updated 11/8/14

The Buffalo Bills have agreed in principle to acquire quarterback Tarvaris Jackson from the Seattle Seahawks for a draft pick.

The deal was done pending a restructuring of Jackson's contract, Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said. Jackson figured to be the third-stringer in Seattle, as rookie Russell Wilson has been named the starter and free agent acquisition Matt Flynn will be second strong.

"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."

Jackson was a second-round pick of the Minnesota Vikings in the 2006 NFL Draft. He has a career record of 17-17 as a starter, throwing for 38 touchdowns, 35 interceptions and 7,075 yards. He went 7-7 for Seattle in 2011 after being signed as a free agent.

The signing is a likely death knoll for Vince Young, who's had a few flashes but has struggled overall this preseason for the Bills. He did enough through two preseason games to beat out Tyler Thigpen for the backup job behind Ryan Fitzpatrick, but in Saturday's 38-7 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers he went a meager 12-of-26 for 103 yards and two interceptions, failing to lead the Bills to a touchdown for the second time in three preseason games.

Fitzpatrick hasn't exactly shined this preseason, either, as the team has managed only 27 points in the three losses (the first-teamers have two touchdowns and a field goal to their credit). The team would ideally love to have a quarterback who could confidently spell Fitz if he were having a bad day, but at a minimum the team needs a guy who can adequately replace him in the event of an injury. With Young and Thigpen, the Bills just don't seem to have that, which could compel coaches to ride Fitz through injuries, which they did in 2011 after he broke his ribs and struggled through the second half of the season.

Even if the Bills still allow Young to compete for the job this coming week, the Bills are at least showing a willingness to make adjustments to remain competitive, something that has been painfully lacking in years past (Kelly Holcomb, anyone?). The front office saw a hole and is trying to fill it, proving they are holding to the "win now" attitude they displayed this past offseason in signing defensive ends Mario Williams and Mark Anderson to big-money deals. Jackson may not be the answer, but he has a better career starting record than Fitz (18-33-1) and has appeared in the playoffs – although, granted, he rode Adrian Peterson to the 2008 NFC North title.

The Bills had yet to make any statement on the trade or the quarterback situation as of this writing.

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