Seahawks agree to trade Tarvaris Jackson to Buffalo, waive Terrell Owens
Seattle expected to get late-round draft pick for Jackson, whose contract will be modified by Bills.
Seattle Times staff reporter
Three weeks was enough time for Seattle to decide that Terrell Owens wasn't going to fit into its future, and now it's only a matter of time before quarterback Tarvaris Jackson moves on, too, as the Seahawks agreed to a trade with Buffalo.
Owens was released Sunday, one of 12 players the team let go as it prepared to trim its roster to the 75-player limit by the NFL deadline of noon Monday. Jackson is expected to join the Bills, though that move won't be finalized until Buffalo reaches an agreement with Jackson on modifying his contract.
"He deserves a chance to be playing so Buffalo came after him," Carroll said of Jackson. "I hope it's a good thing for him. He did a great job for us and he proved everything you'd ever want to see out of a competitor."
Seattle is expected to receive a late-round draft pick in the deal for Jackson, who went 7-7 as a starter last year. Jackson was part of the quarterback competition when training camp began though his practice time was dialed back significantly the past two weeks.
The other departures were more of a clean break as Seattle released Owens as well as veteran offensive linemen Deuce Lutui and Alex Barron. Owens signed with the team three weeks ago, and played in two games. Carroll said he was in excellent shape and could still get open, but the team had decided not to add him to its core of young receivers.
"We really like the group that we've assembled," Carroll said. "Terrell came in and busted his tail as we said. As we took a look at our guys, we thought it would be best for us to stay with those guys."
The departure of Lutui came after the emergence of J.R. Sweezy, a rookie Seattle chose in the seventh round. Sweezy played defensive line at North Carolina State, but has adapted shockingly fast to playing on the offensive line.
Seattle also let go of veteran defensive back Roy Lewis and tight end Cameron Morrah with a waived/injured designation, which means they were hurt and will receive an injury settlement.
Sunday's transactions: Waived/Injured: LB Jameson Konz, DE Pep Levingston, DB Roy Lewis, TE Cameron Morrah. Waived: WR Phil Bates, T Edawn Coughman, CB Donny Lisowski, CB Ron Parker, RB Tyrell Sutton. Released: T Alex Barron, G Deuce Lutui, WR Terrell Owens.