Former Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett hit another snag in his NFL career earlier this month. After signing a reserve/future contract with the New Orleans Saints earlier this year, the team decided his services were no longer necessary.
Just over a week after being released by the Saints, though, Barrett’s fortunes took a turn for the better.
On Saturday afternoon, the Seattle Seahawks announced new roster moves. The team revealed it signed Barrett after Geno Smith is set to miss time after undergoing surgery to remove a cyst.
“With Geno Smith expected to be sidelined for a week or longer, the Seahawks added depth at quarterback Saturday, signing former Ohio State starter J.T. Barrett,” the team said in an announcement.
Former Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett lands with the Seattle Seahawks after being waived by the New Orleans Saints last week. Former Ohio State linebacker Chris Worley, however, loses his roster spot. https://t.co/vzU4bzVsId
— Dan Hope (@Dan_Hope) August 10, 2019
Barrett led Ohio State to an 11-1 record in the 2014 season before going down with an injury against Michigan. Backup Cardale took the reins and led Ohio State to a national title in the first-ever College Football Playoff.
Barrett finished that season fifth in Heisman voting, losing to former Oregon star Marcus Mariota and a handful of others.
As a senior he completed 64.7 percent of his passes and threw for 3,053 yards, 35 touchdowns and nine interceptions. Barrett also rushed for 798 yards and 12 touchdowns.
Barrett ultimately set over two dozen records at Ohio State, and several records in the conference before graduating.
Now the former Buckeyes star has a new home. He’ll compete with former Denver Broncos quarterback Paxton Lynch for the backup role.