The Seattle Seahawks claimed quarterback Jacob Eason on Wednesday, a day after being sidelined by the Indianapolis Colts.
Eason joins his hometown team to strengthen his quarterback depth as Russell Wilson recovers from finger surgery. With Wilson in the injured reserve, the Seahawks now have Geno Smith and Eason on their 53-man roster as well as Jake Luton and Danny Etling on their practice squad.
A fourth-round pick from Washington in 2020, Eason has appeared in one game this season, completing 2 of 5 attempts for 25 yards and an interception while replacing an injured Carson Wentz in Week 2. He didn’t see the pitch as a rookie. . The Colts gave it up after activating rookie quarterback Sam Ehlinger off the injured reserve.
Eason (Lake Stevens) and Luton (Marysville) hail from neighboring towns north of Seattle. According to the Seahawks website, they played on the same flag football team as the kids before competing in high school and college, Eason at UW and Luton at Oregon State.
Wilson must miss at least two more games before he can return from the IR. It’s not clear whether the Seahawks plan to have Eason or Luton – who knows their system better – to back Smith in the meantime.
Luton, who was signed ahead of the season opener, was brought up from the practice squad last weekend to support Smith in Seattle’s overtime loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers. He has since returned to the practice squad and can be bred once again before the Seahawks have to sign him into their 53-man roster in order to have him available to play.
The Seahawks had a place on the roster after relinquishing cornerback Tre Flowers last week and so didn’t need to make a corresponding move to accommodate Eason.