What is Reasoning Behind Seattle Seahawks Signing Quarterback Jerrod Johnson?

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The Seattle Seahawks have signed quarterback Jerrod Johnson to likely compete for either the job as third string QB or for a spot on the practice squad. The signing of Johnson now gives the Seahawks four different quarterbacks, the other three being starting quarterback Russell Wilson, along with Josh Portis and Brady Quinn.

Johnson played his college football at Texas A&M where, despite losing the starting job to Ryan Tannehill–now with the Miami Dolphins–his senior year, he set school records in career completions (650), passing yards (8,011), touchdown passes (67) and total offense (8,880).

Johnson is an interesting signing, as he has never taken an NFL snap and hasn’t managed to stick with an NFL team for more than a few months. He signed with the Philadelphia Eagles as an undrafted free agent in 2011, but was released during the preseason in August.

After an uneventful year with the Arizona Rattlers of the Arena Football League, Johnson signed with the Pittsburgh Steelers in January of 2012. The Steelers ended up releasing Johnson in August, so he signed with the Sacramento Mountain Lions of the United Football League and became their backup quarterback.

To me, this signing seems like a move to add depth in training camp and nothing more. I would highly doubt that Johnson can compete for the third-string spot given his inability to win a starting job in either the AFL or the UFL, but he will be an extra arm to throw to receivers during camp. This move does make it unlikely that the Seahawks will draft a quarterback in the later rounds, but you never know with them.

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