Seattle Seahawks claim QB Jacob Eason off waivers with Russell Wilson still on IR

On Wednesday, the Seattle Seahawks claimed quarterback Jacob Eason from the Indianapolis Colts.
Eason will join his hometown team as a quarterback to help Russell Wilson recover from finger surgery. The Seahawks have Wilson injured reserve and now have Geno Smith, Eason and Jake Luton on their 53-man roster. They also have Danny Etling and Danny Etling on the practice squad.

Eason was a fourth-round selection from Washington in 2020. He appeared in just one game this season. He completed 2 of 5 attempts for 25 yard and an interception, while replacing Carson Wentz, who was injured in Week 2. As a rookie, he didn't play on the field. After Sam Ehlinger, a rookie quarterback, was activated from injured reserve, the Colts released him.

Eason (Lake Stevens), and Luton, (Marysville), are both from nearby towns north of Seattle. According to the Seahawks website, they were both on the same flag football team when they were kids and faced each other in high school, college and the NFL. Luton at Oregon State and Eason at UW.

Wilson must miss at least two games to be eligible for IR. The Seahawks don't know if they will have Smith back up by Luton or Eason, who are more familiar with their system.

Luton was signed prior to the season opener. He was promoted from the practice team to support Smith in Seattle's overtime loss against the Steelers. Since then, he's been resigned to the practice squad and could be promoted once more before the Seahawks sign him to their 53 man roster.

After waiving Tre Flowers cornerback last week, the Seahawks had an available roster spot and did not have to make a move to accommodate Eason.