Former Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett signed with a deal Saturday with the Seattle Seahawks.
Barrett, who was waived by New Orleans this month, adds depth to the position after backup Geno Smith underwent surgery to remove a cyst from his knee.Get the news delivered to your inbox: Sign up for our BuckeyeXtra newsletter
Smith is expected to miss just 10 days and should be available for Seattle's next exhibition game on Aug. 18 at Minnesota.
Barrett gives the Seahawks a third option at the position after starter Russell Wilson and Paxton Lynch.
Barrett went 38-6 as a starter at Ohio State, being thrust into the role in 2014 after a preseason injury to Braxton Miller. After leading the Buckeyes to a 10-1 start, he suffered an ankle injury late in the Michigan game. Cardale Jones completed the game and started the next three, including a 42-20 win over Oregon for the national championship.
Barrett reclaimed his starting role later in his sophomore season. As a junior in 2016, he passed for 2,555 yards and 24 touchdowns, and a senior, he passed for 3,053 yards and 35 touchdowns.
Barrett was not selected in the 2018 NFL draft but signed a three-year deal with the Saints the following month, later settling onto their practice squad.