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QB Jackson could return to Seahawks

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RENTON, Wash. -- Quarterback Tarvaris Jackson could be headed back to the Seattle Seahawks.

The seven-year pro was cut by Buffalo on Monday, as the Bills narrowed the competition for the starting quarterback job to veteran Kevin Kolb and first-round draft choice E.J. Manuel.

Jackson re-signed with Buffalo this offseason on a one-year that included a $500,000 signing bonus.

First reported by ESPN, a team source confirmed that Jackson had a planned visit to Seattle this week. He entered last season in a three-way competition with Russell Wilson and Matt Flynn for the Seahawks' starting job, but was traded to Buffalo when it was clear he had fallen to third on the depth chart.

If re-signed, Jackson likely would compete with Brady Quinn for the backup job to Russell Wilson.

In his only season with Seattle, Jackson played most of the 2011 season with a torn pectoral muscle, finishing 7-7 as the team's starter.

Jackson also is very familiar with Seattle's offense, having played for offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell for his first five seasons in the league with Minnesota.

Seahawks wide receiver Doug Baldwin has an affinity for Jackson because of the success he had with the Alabama State product during his rookie season, leading the Seahawks in receptions two years ago.

"He's loved in the locker room because of what he did for us in 2011," Baldwin said. "He fought through injuries, and was able to put his best foot forward out on the field. And like I said, the guys in the locker room love him. And he's got unbelievable knowledge about the game."

Baldwin believes there is a possibility that Jackson returns to Seattle. He talked with Jackson on Monday after he was released.

"He was a little distraught about the situation," Baldwin said. "But he's got his spirits up. He's just looking for the next opportunity, and hopefully it's with the Seattle Seahawks."
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