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August 28, 2012

Bills acquire QB Tarvaris Jackson from Seahawks

Vince Young is released on Monday

LOCKPORT —  

The Buffalo Bills have a new backup in Tarvaris Jackson, and they’ve cut Vince Young in a sudden shuffle of quarterbacks on Monday.
Shortly after announcing they had released Young, the Bills followed up to confirm reports that they had acquired Tarvaris   Jackson in a trade with the Seattle Seahawks in exchange for an undisclosed draft pick.
It was a surprising turn of events that came in the final week of the preseason, and after Young struggled in his bid to win   the backup job in a 38-7 loss to Pittsburgh on Saturday.
Young posted comments on his Twitter account indicating his time in Buffalo was over on Monday morning.
That was after the Bills reached an agreement with Jackson to restructure the final year of his contract and complete the trade Buffalo and Seattle had agreed to Sunday night.
“Respect Bills fans,” Young wrote. “I want to thank the Bills organization for the opportunity and with the organization and my teammates good luck this season.”
Jackson traveled overnight to Buffalo, and was expected to join his new teammates for practice Monday afternoon.
The trade wasn’t completed until the Bills (No. 19 in the AP Pro32) reached a deal with Jackson’s agent, Joel Segal, to restructure   the final year of the player’s contract, according to a person familiar with discussions. The person spoke on the condition   of anonymity because the Bills do not discuss contract talks.
Jackson was scheduled to make $4 million this season, a figure the Bills deemed to be too expensive for a backup player.
The Bills (0-3) are preparing to complete their preseason schedule at Detroit on Thursday, when Jackson will have an opportunity to play.
Jackson is a seven-year veteran who has gone 17-17 as a starter with Minnesota and Seattle. He had a 7-7 record with the Seahawks   last season, but his future was left uncertain after Seattle acquired Matt Flynn in free agency this offseason, and after   using a third-round pick to draft Russell Wilson in April.

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