Seahawks Cut Owens, Agree to Trade Quarterback Jackson to Bills

The Seattle Seahawks terminated the contract of 38-year-old receiver Terrell Owens and agreed on a trade to send quarterback Tarvaris Jackson to the Buffalo Bills.

Owens has been seeking a return to the National Football League after missing last season while recovering from knee surgery. He was among three vested veterans cut yesterday, while the Seahawks said they also waived nine other players.

Owens, a five-time All-Pro, ranks second to Jerry Rice in NFL history with 15,934 yards receiving. Owens is tied with Randy Moss behind Rice for the NFL’s second-most touchdown catches with 153 and is sixth with 1,078 career receptions.

The Seahawks are close to completing a trade that will send Jackson, their starting quarterback from last season, to the Bills, coach Pete Carroll said last night during a conference call without disclosing specifics.

Jackson became expendable in Seattle after the Seahawks acquired Matt Flynn in free agency and drafted Russell Wilson in the third round. Carroll said last night that Wilson will be the Seahawks’ starter for the Sept. 9 regular-season opener against the Arizona Cardinals with Flynn as the backup.

Jackson, who passed for 3,091 yards and 14 touchdowns last season, will probably compete with Vince Young and Tyler Thigpen as the backup to Bills starter Ryan Fitzpatrick.

“Because of our situation and the opportunity with the guys that we have, he deserves a chance to be playing,” Carroll said of Jackson. “Buffalo came after him and I hope it’s a good thing for him.”

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