ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (WIVB) - Tarvaris Jackson will be back with the Bills next season. This time, we might even see him in uniform. Buffalo re-signed Jackson to a one-year contract today and declared the quarterback job an "open competition."
In a press release, Bills Head Coach Doug Marrone said: “I spoke with Ryan (Fitzpatrick) and Tarvaris (Jackson) and told them we will have an open competition at the quarterback position – similar to what we will do at all positions on our team heading into our offseason work. I believe that our players will embrace this challenge. We are looking forward to working with our players as we prepare for the 2013 season.”
That comment would appear to signal that Fitzpatrick will return next season to try and reclaim his job.
Jackson gets another shot after spending last season on the Bills' bench. Buffalo traded a 7th-round draft pick to Seattle for Jackson just before the regular season began. Jackson threw one pass in the preseason, which was intercepted.
He never even suited up for a game last season. Former Bills coach Chan Gailey said there was not enough time during the season to get Jackson the practice reps he'd need to get up to speed.
Jackson spent a lot of time talking to Fitzpatrick last season - a dynamic that could help ease any tension during next season's QB competition.
"Our relationship is pretty good," said Jackson. "It's going to be a little different this year, competing, but things won't really change in our relationship. If anything, it'll probably make us closer."
The signing brings the Bills back to three quarterbacks on the roster for next season, after the team signed undrafted free agent Aaron Corp earlier this week.
Bills GM Buddy Nix has said multiple times, he plans on drafting a quarterback in the NFL Draft this year as well.