The Bears and Saints weren’t the only clubs that attempted to claim quarterback Connor Shaw off waivers from the Browns, according to Nick Underhill of the Advocate, who reports that the Seahawks also placed a claim on Shaw. Chicago ultimately ended up with Shaw after New Orleans inadvertently emailed every NFL team — instead of only the league office — and accidentally tipped off other clubs about their plans to acquire Shaw.
Seattle doesn’t boast much in the way of experience behind starter Russell Wilson, and longtime backup Tarvaris Jackson doesn’t figure to be re-signed after being arrested following a domestic violence incident earlier this week. Undrafted rookie free agent Trevone Boykin — who is dealing with legal issues of his own — is competing with Jake Heaps to act as the club’s backup quarterback, and neither of the pair have ever appeared in an NFL game.
The Seahawks’ lack of options at reserve quarterback led me to list Seattle as one of several clubs that could have interest in acquiring Rams signal-caller Nick Foles, though I did note that it wasn’t clear whether Los Angeles would be willing to deal Foles to a division rival. But clearly, the Seahawks are looking to add another arm before training camp begins. Jackson was probably the most qualified of the remaining quarterbacks on the market, but Michael Vick, Charlie Whitehurst, T.J. Yates, and Josh Freeman are still out there as well.
Shaw, who will be 25 years old during the upcoming season, has just one career NFL appearance to his name. He started the final game of the 2014 season for the Browns, completing 14-of-28 pass attempts for 177 yards and one touchdown in a loss to the division rival Ravens. Expected to compete for Cleveland’s No. 3 quarterback job in 2015, Shaw suffered a thumb injury prior to the regular season, and was placed on injured reserve.
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