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Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Seattle comes to terms with both Tavaris Jackson and Matt Leinart

From: REDZONE.

Chris Mortensen of ESPN reports that the Seattle Seahawks have come to terms with both Tavaris Jackson and Matt Leinart. This comes on the heels of their announcement that Matt Hasselbeck will not return to Seattle. It also looks like Seattle is out of the Kevin Kolb sweepstakes.

Terms of Jackson's deal were not available but, according to the sources, the former Minnesota Vikings quarterback will sign the contract Friday night. The Seahawks had no comment on the move.

Jackson and Leinart will now compete for the starting job alongside Charlie Whitehurst, but their arrival ends an era. Hasselbeck, a three-time Pro Bowl player, was drafted by the Green Bay Packers in the sixth round of the 1998 draft and was traded to the Seahawks in 2001.

Jackson, a second-round pick by the Vikings in 2006, will be reunited with Darrell Bevell, the Seahawks' new offensive coordinator who coached him in Minnesota. He spent the majority of the last two seasons backing up Brett Favre.

Leinart, meanwhile, will reunite with Seahawks coach Pete Carroll, his college coach at USC. Leinart's career has hit a low point after the Arizona Cardinals drafted him in the first round in 2006. The Cardinals released Leinart during the preseason last August and he spent 2010 as a backup with the Houston Texans. Sources told ESPN senior NFL analyst Chris Mortensen that Leinart was gauging other options Tuesday that include the Washington Redskins. Redskins coach Mike Shanahan graded the left-handed Leinart highly before the 2006 draft when Shanahan was the Broncos' coach.

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