In somewhat of a surprise move, the Seattle Seahawks released quarterback Josh Portis from the practice squad and brought back wide receiver Phi Bates.
The Seahawks signed Portis out of California (Pa.) as an undrafted rookie free agent in 2011.
At 6-3 and 213 pounds, Portis is a rangy athlete who showed promise during preseason play, finishing 10 of 24 for 124 yards and a touchdown pass in two exhibition appearances in 2011 as a rookie. Portis also ran 10 times for 51 yards.
Portis, 25, spent his rookie season on Seattle’s 53-man roster, and was active for one game against Cleveland, serving as the backup for Charlie Whitehurst when Tarvaris Jackson could not play because of a pectoral injury.
Portis was released during final roster cut downs in September before the 2012 season started, and added to the team’s practice squad, spending the regular season there before being released today.
Seattle now has only two quarterbacks between the active roster and the practice squad in starter Russell Wilson and backup Matt Flynn.