Wilson to start for Seahawks after QB Jackson joins Bills
(Reuters) - The Seattle Seahawks have handed rookie Russell Wilson the responsibility of starting the new campaign as their quarterback after announcing they had traded Tavaris Jackson to the Buffalo Bills on Sunday.
Jackson started 14 games for the team last season as they finished 7-9 but the Seahawks made it clear they would adopt a new offensive strategy when they acquired free agent Matt Flynn in March and drafted Wilson during the off-season.
The Bills will send Seattle an undisclosed draft pick as part of the deal.
"Because of our situation and the opportunity with the guys that we have, he (Jackson) deserves a chance to be playing," Seahawks coach Pete Carroll told reporters.
"Buffalo came after him and I hope it's a good thing for him."
Seizing his opportunity, Wilson has emerged as the Seahawks' top signal-caller and will start the regular season opener against the Arizona Cardinals in Glendale on September 9.
A dynamic runner and passer, Wilson was given the start in Seattle's 44-14 pre-season game win over Kansas City on Friday - with Flynn sitting out due to a sore elbow - throwing for 185 yards and two touchdowns.
"It's been a very exciting competition that's gone on, and Russell has taken full advantage of his opportunities and done everything we could ask for on the field," Carroll said.
"What he's done off the field in meeting rooms and with our players and how he's represented himself, he's earned this job."
Earlier on Sunday, the Seahawks cut wide receiver Terrell Owens, ending his NFL comeback before it had officially began.
The 38-year-old had earned a one-year contract with the Seahawks after working out with the team earlier this month, setting up a return to the league for the first time since 2010, but he failed to impress during pre-season action.
During a 15-year career, Owens ranks second in receiving yards (15,934) and touchdown catches (153), but often clashed with team mates at stints with five other NFL teams.
(Writing by Jahmal Corner in Los Angeles; Editing by John O'Brien)
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