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Seahawks waive backup QB Josh Portis


By Brady Henderson

Josh Portis would have had a hard time earning a spot on the Seahawks’ roster as their No. 2 quarterback, and his recent arrest likely sealed his fate.

Josh Portis

The Seahawks waived Portis on Tuesday, a day after his arrest on suspicion of driving under the influence came to light.

Portis, 25, was competing with Brady Quinn and Jerrod Johnson to be Russell Wilson’s backup. He participated in Monday’s OTA practice hours after reports surfaced that he had been arrested on May 5 on suspicion of DUI after he was pulled over for driving 80 mph in a 60 mph zone on Interstate 90.

According to a report from the Washington State Patrol, an arresting officer noticed “a strong odor of intoxicants” coming from Portis’ vehicle and claimed that Portis performed poorly in field sobriety tests. Portis submitted to a breath test that registered blood-alcohol levels of .092 and .078. The state’s legal limit is .08.

Portis will be arraigned on May 28.

Portis was in his second stint with the Seahawks, who signed him as an undrafted free agent out of California University (Pa.) in 2011. Portis spent his rookie season on Seattle’s roster as the third quarterback but never saw the field. He spent 12 weeks on the Seahawks’ practice squad last year before he was released in November. Seattle re-signed Portis in April shortly after trading Matt Flynn to Oakland.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.