Former Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett signs with Seattle Seahawks

Staff Writer
Buckeye Xtra
Ohio State Buckeyes quarterback J.T. Barrett (16) scores on a running touchdown against USC Trojans in the 1st half at the 82nd Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas on December 29, 2017. [Kyle Robertson]

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.

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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.

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