The Seattle Seahawks have signed quarterback Cardale Jones to the practice squad. The former LA Chargers QB was teammates with current Seattle backup Geno Smith in 2018 and will be reunited with him on the practice field for the Seahawks.
The #Seahawks are signing QB Cardale Jones to their practice squad, source said.— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) September 7, 2019
Jones became a fleeting star at Ohio State, helping the Buckeyes win the national championship in 2014 despite relatively little experience and off-field concerns that he wasn’t very motivated as a football player. Jones shot to fame in the Big 10 championship that season as Ohio State blew out Wisconsin 59-0, then defeated Alabama in the first round of the CFP with Jones at the helm and Ezekiel Elliott in the backfield.
Jones’ receivers included Michael Thomas, Devin Smith, and Seahawks tight end Nick Vannett.
They next blew out Oregon in the national championship game as Jones had two touchdowns, but the real star of Ohio State that year was Elliott. He rushed for 246 yards and four touchdowns in the national championship game. Still, people wondered if Jones would enter the NFL early after his run but he opted to stay to try and build his value over a full college season.
However, Jones split time with J.T. Barrett and eventually lost snaps altogether after a mediocre season with eight touchdowns and five interceptions on 175 passes. All told, Jones only threw 269 passes in college and wasn’t very effective on most of them, mostly gaining notoriety through an extremely talented Buckeyes team winning a national championship that might have always been theirs to lose.
And now he’s entering his fourth year “in” the NFL.
Jones went undrafted and signed with the Buffalo Bills in 2016, spending one year there. He was traded to the Chargers and spent the last two seasons with them before being released at final cuts. He’s now going to be a project for Pete Carroll, but this is likely near the end of his road for being a project. He’ll need to show more than that in year four, but it’s costing Seattle practically nothing to find out what he has.