The Indianapolis Colts were unable to clear recently released quarterback Jacob Eason to their practice squad, as he was claimed off waivers on Wednesday by the Seattle Seahawks:
#Seahawks claimed QB Jacob Eason off waivers from the #Colts— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) October 20, 2021
The Washington native will return home and for now, backup replacement starting quarterback Geno Smith—in the wake of star quarterback Russell Wilson’s sprained finger.
As for Eason, it concludes his Colts career, as the 2020 4th round pick finishes his short-lived Indianapolis tenure, having completed 2 of 5 passes for 40 passing yards and an interception—all late in Week 2 during a losing effort against the Los Angeles Rams.
At 6’6”, 231 pounds, the 23 year old big armed quarterback couldn’t cement the Colts 2nd-string quarterback job behind incumbent starter Carson Wentz—even despite being given ample opportunity in Wentz’s late offseason absence (recovering from foot surgery).
Instead, the Colts opted to promote veteran Brett Hundley and then eventually elected to go with rookie 6th round pick Sam Ehlinger at Eason’s expense on the active 53-man roster.
When cutting Eason, the Colts ran the risk that another team would claim him off waivers, and that’s exactly what just happened.
Despite his cannon of an arm, Eason remained raw and didn’t demonstrate great initial pocket poise, touch, or a feel for the offense—ultimately passed up for other quarterback options.
Nevertheless, there’s some talent and potential there—as the Colts were still interested in bringing him back to the team’s practice squad.
However, his continued development will now occur elsewhere.