SEATTLE — It didn’t take long for Jake Luton to find a new home in the NFL. And that new home is a familiar one.
The former Marysville Pilchuck High School star quarterback is signing with his hometown Seattle Seahawks, the NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero reported Wednesday.
Pelissero reported the Seahawks were signing Luton, who was waived by the Jacksonville Jaguars at Tuesday’s deadline for teams to trim their rosters to 53 players, straight to their 53-man roster as opposed to signing him to their practice squad. Pelissero reported Seattle was releasing quarterback Sean Mannion to make room on its roster.
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The Seahawks did not announce the move Wednesday, but Luton all but confirmed it himself on his Instagram Story, posting, “We’re comin home to the best coast,” along with a blue “12” flag.
Luton was selected in the sixth round of the 2020 NFL draft by the Jacksonville Jaguars following a breakout sixth-year senior campaign at Oregon State University. Last season the strong-armed 6-foot-6, 224-pounder started three games for the Jaguars, going 60-for-110 for 624 yards with two touchdowns and six interceptions, while also rushing for a 13-yard touchdown. Jacksonville, which finished 1-15, lost all three of Luton’s starts.
Luton’s future in Jacksonville became clouded when the Jaguars selected quarterback Trevor Lawrence first-overall in this year’s draft. Luton played well this preseason, going 24-for-31 for 190 yards and two TDs with no interceptions. However, Jacksonville elected to keep veteran C.J. Beathard as its backup quarterback and waived Luton.
The swap of Luton for Mannion means the Seahawks still have three quarterbacks on their roster, as Luton joins starter Russell Wilson and backup Geno Smith. Seattle has rarely carried three quarterbacks on its roster since Wilson joined the team in 2012.