The Seahawks reportedly put in a waiver claim for QB Connor Shaw, who instead was awarded to the Bears on Friday.
It was easy to miss an item from the New Orleans Advocate on Friday that the Seahawks were among three teams to put in a claim for recently-waived quarterback Connor Shaw.
It was prematurely reported that the Saints had gotten Shaw (hence the interest in New Orleans on this) before it was revealed that the Bears had actually won the rights to Shaw, a third-year QB from South Carolina who spent the last two seasons with the Browns before being waived. (The Bears were higher on the waiver priority list than the Saints or Seahawks).
Shaw was initially an undrafted free agent in 2014 and has thrown just 28 passes in his NFL career. But that’s 28 more than either of the backups to Russell Wilson on Seattle’s roster at the moment — undrafted rookie free agent Trevone Boykin and second-year player Jake Heaps.
While the Seahawks are always looking to add competition everywhere, the timing of making a claim on Shaw is obviously interesting, coming in the wake of the news last Friday about Tarvaris Jackson being arrested for pulling a gun on a woman identified in reports as his wife, and then the news this week that Boykin had pled guilty to resisting arrest to settle a case that arose from an incident last Dec. 31.
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Boykin isn’t expected to miss any training camp time with the Seahawks, and it’s also not thought he faces any additional discipline from the NFL, leaving it hard to know if his situation would have had anything to do with Seattle’s reported interest in Shaw.
As for Jackson, the odds that he would be back with Seattle had seemed low after he wasn’t signed by the time mini-camp began, especially with Boykin having continued to make progress. But the Seahawks might have been considering him as something of a security blanket, someone they could call on if they had needed depending on how things progressed during training camp.
That’s out the window now, and the Seahawks might have been interested in Shaw to get another player who has at least some experience in the competition.
And that they made a move on Shaw also means to not be surprised if the Seahawks continue to look to add quarterback depth.
But the number of available quarterbacks isn’t real big at this point.
Here’s a list of quarterbacks who remain free agents from Spotrac.com. One could argue that Jackson was the most accomplished player still available (other than Ryan Fitzpatrick, who is snared in a contract battle with the Jets and is sort of on a different level than the rest).