Josh Portis, expected to compete for the Seattle Seahawks backup quarterback job, was arrested on suspicion of DUI earlier this month, and will face a court date after blood tests revealed a higher-than-legal limit.
Portis was pulled over after allegedly speeding on May 5, and tested a blood alcohol level of .092 -- higher than Washington's limit of .08.
The 25-year-old had just signed a two-year contract for $480,000 a year in April. Since his signing, the Seahawks had also brought in Brady Quinn and Jerrod Johnson to compete for spots on the team's depth chart behind Russell Wilson. Quinn has NFL starting experience with the Browns, Broncos and the Chiefs, but Portis could have expected to fight Johnson -- who also has never played a down in the NFL, with experience as a backup -- for a third-string spot. When discussing his signing, SB Nation's Seahawks blog Field Gulls described Portis as "a very good fit as a backup to Russell Wilson -- very mobile with a strong throwing arm" and noted he should an advantage on competition in a roster battle due to his experience with the team. But his legal trouble won't help as he tries to hang on to the squad.
The 6'3 Los Angeles native has had a checkered career, spending both of his professional seasons with the Seahawks. After washing out at the University of Florida and the University of Maryland, he transfered to Division II California University of Pennsylvania, setting school records in passing yards and touchdowns. He went undrafted and was picked up by the Seahawks, looking strong in 2011 training camp, including a 5-for-9, 69-yard, one-touchdown performance against the Chargers in the preseason. He made the roster in 2011, but didn't make it into a game, and was demoted to the practice squad for 2012. He was cut in November before re-signing in April.