Seahawks sign former Steelers QB Jerrod Johnson
The 24-year-old Jerrod Johnson spent the 2012 regular season out of football after he was released by the Pittsburgh Steelers last August. He also had a brief stint with the Philadelphia Eagles after signing with the team as an undrafted free agent in 2011, but was released by mid-August.
Jerrod Johnson seemed to struggle throughout the preseason with the Pittsburgh Steelers, completing 14-of-21 passes for 236 yards and two touchdowns while playing limited time in three preseason games last year. Jerrod Johnson was also ran for 36 yards on seven attempts and was sacked five times.
The Pittsburgh Steelers chose to stick with veteran Charlie Batch as their third quarterback last year, and released Jerrod Johnson in the final roster cuts. After he remained unsigned by another team last season, Jerrod Johnson ended up playing for the Sacramento Mountain Lions of the United Football League. Jerrod Johnson threw for 321 yards and three touchdowns while being picked one in three games for the Sacramento Mountain Lions.
As a former Texas A&M quarterback, Jerrod Johnson entered his senior season as preseason Big 12 offensive player of the year. But Jerrod Johnson struggled down the road in his senior year and ended up losing the starting job to backup quarterback Ryan Tannehill, who now plays for NFL’s Miami Dolphins. Jerrod Johnson started 29 of 37 career games at Texas A&M, while completing 58.6 percent of his passes for 8,011 yards, 67 touchdowns and 27 interceptions.
With Russell Willson entrenched as the Seattle Seahawks starter following an impressive rookie season and Brady Quinn added during free agency to serve his backup, Jerrod Johnson will be left to compete for No.3 quarterback spot with Josh Protis. The Seattle Seahawks only re-signed the second-year quarterback Josh Protis to a two-year contract this April.