A day after news that he had been arrested for DUI May 5, quarterback Josh Portis was released by the Seahawks Tuesday morning. Portis never played in a game for the Seahawks, but he was on the roster for parts of the 2011 and 2012 seasons. He was brought back in April to compete for the backup job to starter Russell Wilson.The Seahawks have two other QBs in camp, sixth-year vet Brady Quinn, 28, and rookie Jerrod Johnson, 24, a 6-foot-5, 250-pounder from Texas A&M.
Johnson’s size and poise make him an intriguing candidate. He had an arm injury in college that altered his throwing mechanics and thwarted previous bids with Philadelphia and Pittsburgh. But he claims the problems are resolved, and made an early impression in the recent rookie camp.
“He did a nice job running the club and was able to give us a little expertise out there,” coach Pete Carroll said. “He’s got a very good arm, can really gun the football down the field. He’s got a presence and he’s such a big guy in the pocket. He’s bright and he’s handled stuff really well.”
The Seahawks may pursue another free agent quarterback to add some intensity to the competition.
Hopefully the rest of the team gets the message: straighten your act out, or else.