Unsigned quarterback Tarvaris Jackson, most recently with the Seahawks and recently a candidate to again backup Russell Wilson this season, has been arrested and jailed in Florida while accused of pointing a loaded gun at his wife.
According to an arrest report signed Friday morning and sent from Florida to The News Tribune by Twis Lizasuain, public and media relations director with the Osceola County Sherriff’s office, Jackson told his wife “I’ll kill you.” He was booked into Osceola County jail “without incident” early Friday. The charge is aggravated assault with a deadly weapon without an intent to kill.
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Florida statues state the charge is a third-degree felony with a maximum prison term of five years.
The 33-year-old Jackson was Seattle’s starting quarterback in 2011, and became hugely popular to this day in the team’s locker room for playing that season through painful injuries. The following season he became the top backup to rookie starter Russell Wilson. He remained Wilson’s No. 2 through January, when his one-year contract with the Seahawks expired.
General manager John Schneider and coach Pete Carroll had said this offseason the team was talking to Jackson’s agent in the hopes of re-signing him for the 2016 to again back up Wilson. In the meantime, the Seahawks did not draft any quarterbacks. The only two QBs now on the roster besides the record-setting Wilson, who has never missed a practice or game in his four NFL seasons for Seattle, are undrafted rookie Trevone Boykin from Texas Christian and second-year free agent Jake Heaps, the former Skyline High School standout.
Boykin impressed the Seahawks coaches in organized team activities and minicamps in May and June with how quickly he’s been grasping the offense’s playbook and with his decisive throws.
Carroll prefers a proven veteran as a backup, just in case. But Jackson’s arrest makes Boykin more likely to open training camp July 30 if not the regular season Sept. 11 as the Seahawks’ unproven, No. 2 quarterback. At least more likely than Boykin was yesterday.
None of that, of course, is as serious as the allegations surrounding Jackson. The arrest report also includes his wife’s allegation of past domestic violence, their three children being in bedrooms inside the same house during Friday’s alleged incident, and his wife’s reply to Jackson allegedly saying he’d shoot her: “You better be accurate because you ain’t accurate on the field.”