MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – Tarvaris Jackson understands the NFL business and knows that being a free agent during a lockout means he needs to look for a new start.
Jackson is in limbo; he is a player without a team. At the moment, all the former Vikings quarterback can do is train in the searing summer heat.
“It’s been a long hundred and some days, and guys like me, free agents, just waiting, hoping that [the lockout] ends, so we can find a new home,” Jackson said.
When there is finally peace in regards to NFL labor, free agents like Jackson will go into fast-break mode and scramble to get jobs.
Jackson doesn’t care where he ends up as long as the team he’s on appreciates him.
“I want to go somewhere where I’m wanted,” he said. “I want to go somewhere where I feel like I have a chance.”
Jackson didn’t get much of a chance in Minnesota, where he was a purple pin cushion for five years. He was benched more than once and dealt with constant fan and media criticism.
Despite his less than ideal time in the Land of Lakes, Jackson said he’ll miss Minnesota.
“I’m going to miss it up here,” he said. “It was rough in the off season, knowing that I was probably going to be gone. But that’s just how it works.”
Jackson said he feels that it’s time for him to move on from Minnesota.