“I dont really think I was really welcome here anyways” Says T Jackson
“It’s probably time for a change,” Jackson told The Star Tribune on Tuesday. “I’m grateful for the opportunity to play up here the last five years. … (But) I’m not trying to be a backup. I’m trying to go somewhere where I have a chance, and I don’t feel like I’d get that chance here. It’s time to move on. No hard feelings or anything. It’s a business.”
When the Vikings drafted Jackson in the second round of the 2006 NFL Draft, he was viewed as a raw player who had the skills to develop into a star. But Jackson never found consistent success as a starter in 2007 or 2008, and was moved into the background when Minnesota acquired Brett Favre prior to the 2009 season.
Favre’s retirement ostensibly opened the door for Jackson to return to a starting role in 2011, but the Vikings showed their hand when they drafted Florida State quarterback Christian Ponder 12th overall in April. The team didn’t offer Jackson a contract before the lockout, another sign the team had moved on.
The decision to draft Ponder was met with derision from some Vikings fans, and Jackson says he can sympathize with how Ponder may feel about that.
“Since Day 1, I don’t really think I was really welcome here anyways, because nobody really knew who I was, being from a smaller school,” said Jackson, who attended Alabama State. “A lot more things probably play into it, too. It’s just the way things are. I can’t help that.”
Asked to elaborate on his comments about the fans, Jackson went on.
“Just the way things happened, like the way I was thrown into there, the way where it was me or Brett (Favre) or all this stuff,” he told the Tribune. “Just a lot of different things played into it that kind of soured our relationship. Fans are going to be fans.”
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I was an early fan of Jackson and I truly do believe he was held back by Brad Childress. However, once Favre went down last season and Jackson had the opportunity to take over he simply let the team down. That gave 6th round player Joe Webb a chance which unfortunately didn’t fare much better. It should be interesting to see where Jackson goes once the CBA is figured out. My guess would be Oakland. What do you think?