Seahawks part ways with QB Josh Portis after DUI arrest
The former undrafted free agent spent nearly two seasons with the Seahawks after initially signing with the team in 2011. While Portis was on the 52-man roster for his entire rookie season, he did not appear in a single game for the Seahawks. Portis spent parts of the 2012 season on the practice squad after being initially released in the final roster cuts earlier in the season only to be cut again by the team last November. However, he was re-signed to a reserve/future contract earlier last month. The deal was reportedly for two-year with a $480,000 base salary in 2013.
Portis was pulled over for speeding by a Washington State trooper on May 05 after he was clocked driving at 80 mph in a 60 mph zone on Interstate 90. The arresting officer noticed "a strong odor of intoxicants coming from the vehicle” and that the driver (Josh Portis) sported “watery, bloodshot eyes.”
According to the police, Josh Portis acknowledged downing some tequila before driving the car. The arresting officer reported that Portis performed poorly in the field sobriety test and blew a .092 as well as .078 into the breathanalyzer. The legal limit in Washington State is .08. Portis was charged with a gross misdemeanor for the DUI incident and is scheduled to be arraigned in the Redmond Courthouse next week.
With the Seahawks facing criticism for the multiple PED suspensions since 2010, it was much easier for the team to break ties with Portis and set an example for other players in the process. Earlier this week, defensive end Bruce Irvin was suspended for the first four games of the 2013 season due to use of PEDs.
Portis already had an uphill battle to make the roster this season as the third-string quarterback behind starter Russell Wilson and backup Brady Quinn. Following Portis’ departure, recently signed first-year QB Jerrod Johnson will step up into the third quarterback spot. Although, the Seahawks could bring in another quarterback to push the completion in training camp and provide a more reliable option at the position.
The Seahawks had 2013 undrafted free agent Casey Brockman (Murray State) and rookie free agent quarterback Jake Mullin (McMurry) over for tryouts earlier this month.