Notebook: Jackson to get first-team action

The running assumption was that Tarvaris Jackson would be knocked back a slot on the depth chart once Matt Flynn showed up, but not so fast, says Pete Carroll. Plus, Mike Lynn's multi-million dollar deal lives on, Matt Forte could hold out and Anthony Hargrove was suspended for lying.

Incumbent starter Tarvaris Jackson is No. 1 on the Seahawks' depth chart over high-dollar free agent signee Matt Flynn and third-round draft choice Russell Wilson.

For now, coach Pete Carroll is standing by what he said in minicamp: Jackson will take snaps with the first unit while Flynn and Wilson prove they're ready to run offense.

Carroll said Jackson earned those reps with the first unit by virtue of his role as the team's starter last year.

Carroll said there's no timeline on when he will name a starter for the 2012 season.

Jackson finished 7-7 as the starter in his first year in Seattle, but he also struggled in late-game situations, and understood there would be competition for the starting job in his second season. Jackson said after seven years in the NFL he knew what to expect entering the offseason.

"I'm not a (general manager), I'm not a head coach, so I can't go and pick exactly who they want, or say, 'Don't get a quarterback.'

"If I could I would, believe me," he said with a laugh. "But that's not how things work, so I'm just here to compete and may the best man win."

Flynn said in May that learning Seattle's new offense has been helped by the fact that Seattle's version of the West Coast offense is very similar to the West Coast offense he was groomed under in Green Bay. Carroll raved about Wilson after rookie minicamp and said he'd be part of the battle for the position. Flynn received $10 million guaranteed, but his three-year deal didn't come with a promise from the Seahawks that he'd start after serving as Aaron Rodgers' backup in Green Bay.

Lynn still profiting from Metrodome

When the Minnesota Vikings move from the Metrodome to a new stadium in 2016, it will end a sweet – and unusual – deal that has brought former Vikings general manager Mike Lynn millions of dollars over the past 30 years, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reported.

During the early stages of his 15-year stay with the Vikings as their general manager, Lynn negotiated a contract that gave him 10 percent of the revenue on luxury suites for every event at the Metrodome, not just Vikings games. That included University of Minnesota football games, Twins baseball games and a variety of concerts and other events.

Lynn has made between $14 million and $20 million for the deal that began in 1982 and has continued for the 22 years since he left the Vikings, according to the Pioneer Press.

And Lynn will continue to make between $750,000 and $1 million per year until the Vikings leave the Metrodome following the 2014 season.

"It's one of the worst sports deals anybody ever did," Marc Ganis, president of Chicago-based SportsCorp consulting firm, told the Pioneer Press. "You can't have somebody taking 10 percent of significant revenue clubs do not have to share with the league. It's untenable and one of the contributing factors for why the Vikings have needed subsidies from teams all these years."

Bears' Forte threatens to skip training camp

Chicago Bears' running back Matt Forte told WSCR-AM that he will probably skip training camp if he does not get a long-term contract from the team.

The Bears placed a franchise tag on Forte, meaning a one-year deal for $7.7 million.

His announcement to the Chicago radio station came hours after he told the NFL Network that he was not sure about his status for training camp, but that he would not sit out the season.

Forte does not want to sign his franchise tag but is "optimistic" since the two sides have continued to talk. "You can't let it get too personal," he said. "I mean, it's always personal when you are dealing with the business side of the league because they are talking about you as a person.

"When you are an athlete and you've done everything that you've been asked to do and you've excelled out there on the field, and then you go out in the media and you see there is stuff written about you how they are devaluing you as a player at your position and saying that you are not as good as what you think you are or what the stats say – I mean, the stats can't lie. If you have good stats and you are playing good, obviously you are a good player. So it gets personal when you are devalued like that."

The Bears have not shown urgency to offer him a multi-year deal and even signed for Oakland Raiders running back Michael Bush.

Hargrove suspended for lying about bounty

NFL general counsel Jeff Pash told Pro Football Talk that former New Orleans Saints defensive end Anthony Hargrove was suspended eight games for lying about the team's "bounty program," not for taking or contributing money to it.

Hargrove, now with the Green Bay Packers, was one of four players who were punished after the NFL investigated the Saints' illegal pay-for-performance program that existed since 2009.

Hargrove on Tuesday claimed that a voice heard on an NFL Films audio from the 2009 NFL Championship game saying "Bobby, give me my money" was not his.

"I suppose you could watch anything enough times and come up with different conclusions, but we didn't discipline Anthony Hargrove for taking any money in the context of this program," Pash said. "What that videotape rather clearly demonstrates is two things: One, there was a program and it corroborates rather clearly that there was a program where a player could be rewarded for making a play that resulted in an injury to an opponent. ...

"Second, it demonstrates Mr. Hargrove's awareness of the program and his understanding that it existed, and it demonstrates that his statements to our investigators in early 2010 denying the program and saying there was nothing like that in existence were false. That is the basis on which the commissioner imposed discipline on Mr. Hargrove."

Will Smith, Jonathan Vilma and former Saint Scott Fujita were also suspended by the league, along with Saints coach Sean Payton and former defensive coordinator Gregg Williams for their roles in the scandal. Williams was suspended indefinitely.


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