While numerous veteran names have been thrown around this offseason as potential replacements behind starter Russell Wilson, the Seahawks appear to have their eyes on a raw player who the team is slightly more familiar with.
That player is third-year quarterback Josh Portis.
“As Seahawks evaluate a few veteran QB options (add Vince Young to the list), they do plan to re-sign Josh Portis, cut late last November,” ESPN.com’s Chris Mortensen said via his personal Twitter account.
The former undrafted rookie out of Cal (Pa.) in 2011 spent the Seahawks’ 2012 campaign on the practice squad, acting as the scout team quarterback and fill-in for opponents’ athletic passers. The Seahawks, however, cut him back in November, which led him to eventually sign with the Toronto Argonauts of the CFL in early March.
With the open market all but devoid of quality backup quarterbacks, Portis seems like a reasonable fit for the Seahawks. He spent time on the active roster in 2011 and knows the playbook/offensive scheme. He was one of the top dual-threat quarterback prospects coming out of high school, so there’s no question that he has potential. The only problem is whether he has come far enough since a lackluster college career to mature into an NFL-caliber signal caller.
Either way, it’s a low-risk move for the Seahawks. Portis can come in and be a factor during spring training and the preseason while other quarterbacks – free agents or draft picks – catch on. The added sense of security in having more than one quarterback under contract also makes sense.
If Portis pans out as a quality backup, that’s great. If he doesn’t, the Seahawks move on without him. It’s as simple as that.