Seahawks Claim QB Jacob Eason Off Waivers

The Seahawks added quarterback Jacob Eason, a former Lake Stevens High School and University of Washington standout. 

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FILE - In this Nov. 29, 2019, file photo, Washington quarterback Jacob Eason throws a pass during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Washington State in Seattle. Ohio. The Indianapolis Colts selected Eason in the fourth round of the NFL football draft on Saturday, April 25, 2020. (AP Photo/Stephen Brashear, File)

The Seahawks added another local product to their quarterback depth on Wednesday, claiming former University of Washington and Lake Stevens High School product Jacob Eason a day after he was waived by the Indianapolis Colts.

Eason, a fourth-round pick in the 2020 draft by the Colts, was the team's No. 3 quarterback as a rookie and did not appear in a regular season game. He made one appearance in relief of an injured Carson Wentz this season, completing two of five attempts for 25 yards with an interception.

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The Gatorade Football Player of the Year and a USA Today All-American in 2015, Eason was one of the nation's top recruits coming out of Lake Stevens, and began his college career at Georgia. Eason took over the starting role early in his freshman season, starting 12 games, then opened his sophomore season as the Bulldogs' starter, but a knee injury sidelined him and opened the door for Jake Fromm, who helped lead Georgia to the national championship game.

After transferring to Washington, Eason started 13 games in 2019, completing 64.2 percent of his passes while throwing for 3,132 yards, 23 touchdowns and eight interceptions.

In Seattle, Eason will be reunited with high school rival and childhood teammate Jake Luton, who is currently on Seattle's practice squad, but who was elevated for last weekend's game to serve as the backup to Geno Smith. As kids, Eason and Luton played on the same flag football team, with Luton playing quarterback and the younger Eason on the offensive line, then they became high school rivals with Eason at Lake Stevens and Luton at Marysville-Pilchuck, and they also faced off at the college level when Luton was at Oregon State and Eason was at Washington.

No corresponding move was needed to add Eason to the roster, as the Seahawks have had an open spot on the 53-man roster since waiving Tre Flowers last week.

Quarterback Jacob Eason was claimed off waivers by the Seattle Seahawks on October 20, 2021. Take a look through photos of his playing days with the Indianapolis Colts, and in college at the University of Washington and University of Georgia.

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