Seahawks Sign QB P.J. Walker

JUNE 13: Walker received a $20K roster bonus as part of his Seahawks agreement, Aaron Wilson of KPRC2 notes. The deal (which calls for $1.15MM in total compensation) qualifies for the veteran salary benefit, and it carries a cap charge of $985K.

JUNE 6: Seattle is set to add depth in the quarterback room. The Seahawks have a deal in place with P.J. Walker, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Geno Smith is atop the depth chart for at least one more season, but the team will have a new backup in 2024. Seattle traded for Sam Howell to serve as Drew Lock‘s replacement at the QB2 spot. Entering Thursday, Smith and Howell were the only signal-callers on the Seahawks’ offseason roster, so Walker will at least provide depth for the immediate future.

The latter has seen NFL action for each of the past four seasons, including a three-year run in Carolina. Walker made seven starts with the Panthers (including five in 2022), but the ex-XFLer was not retained last offseason. He briefly spent time with the Bears before signing with the Browns. Walker did not survive initial roster cuts, but he was retained on Cleveland’s practice squad.

The 29-year-old was eventually moved to the active roster and he started a pair of games in place of the injured Deshaun Watson. Walker only completed 48.6% of his attempts across six Cleveland appearances, though, throwing five interceptions and just one touchdown pass. Cleveland moved on to Dorian Thompson-Robinson and later Joe Flacco to close out the campaign, with other passers being brought in this spring.

With the bulk of the league’s QB movement well in the rearview, Walker remained on the market deep into the offseason. He will now get an opportunity in Seattle, though, to carve out a roster spot. NFL teams will be able to elevate practice squad passers for the emergency third QB role an unlimited amount of times in 2024, something which could help players like Walker stay on at least a taxi squad for extended periods. It will be interesting to see if today’s deal allows him to find a spot on Seattle’s roster through the coming campaign.

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