It would appear that the NFL owners and players have agreed to go into overtime. They extended the CBA and mediation talks for a period of 24 hours until the same deadline of 11:59 p.m. on Friday. That means no lockout, no work stoppage and union decertification for at least one more day. But there doesn’t appear to be any more time for quarterback Tarvaris Jackson as a member of the Minnesota Vikings.
As the deadline came today for teams to place tenders on their players, Jackson was not given a tender by the Vikings. He was among four free agent Vikings who were not given a tender, as seven players were given them (the status of DL Fred Evans is unknown). Here is the list of the players, and their status at this time:
DE Ray Edwards (5 years experience): First-round tender, $3.542 million
WR Sidney Rice (4): First-round tender, $3.442 million
OL Ryan Cook (5): Second-round tender, $1.96 million
DL Brian Robison (4): Second-round tender, $1.91 millions
S Hussain Abdullah (3): Second-round tender, $1.835 million
S Eric Frampton (4): Right of first refusal, $1.275 million
LB Erin Henderson (3): Right of first refusal, $1.2 million
DL Fred Evans (5): Unknown
WR Hank Baskett (5): Not tendered
QB Tarvaris Jackson (5): Not tendered
FB Naufahu Tahi (5): Not tendered
RB Albert Young (2): Not tendered
While some of these moves are interesting to consider, arguably the most outstanding is the decision to not offer Jackson a tender. It may bring to a close his five-year career with the Vikings in which unfulfilled hopes may be the best way to describe it from both a team and Jackson’s standpoint. Former head coach Brad Childress traded up into the second round of the 2006 draft to grab him and then groomed to him to be the quarterback of the future.
But it was not meant to be. Jackson developed slowly and the Vikings brought in several veteran QB’s to play while he was on the bench due to either ineffectiveness or injury. Jackson had momentary flashes of potential, but whether he never got a legitimate shot to realize it or never realized it during the shots he had, has been a debate for the past five seasons amongst the Purple faithful.
Where Jackson does deserve credit is for handling himself professionally during the Brett Favre years, when the legend came into town amidst much fanfare and hoopla and was handed what was thought to be Jackson’s starting role. He could have been disruptive and derisive and a distraction to the team (of course that might have meant his walking papers), but he instead comported himself professionally.
The writing may have been on the wall when he received a third-round tender last offseason and there was no interest by any other teams in the league to sign him. The hope is that when the CBA is finalized and he does become a free agent, he will have better luck hooking on with another team.
As for the Vikings, that means the Joe Webb, Rhett Bromar et. al. era seems poised to begin. The first of many changes to come for Minnesota.
Update: According Adam Caplan of Fox Sports, Brian Robison has agreed to 3-year deal worth $14 m with 6.5 signing bonus.