Former BYU quarterback Jake Heaps is getting another shot in the NFL. Heaps, who played for the Cougars from 2010-11, signed a free-agent contract with the Seattle Seahawks on Monday.
The 6-foot-1, 208-pounder grew up in Sammamish, Washington, and signed a Letter of Intent with BYU as a five-star recruit in 2010. But after two years with the Cougars, he transferred to Kansas, then Miami before finishing his college career in 2014.
Heaps went undrafted in 2015, then accepted a mini-camp tryout invitation from the New York Jets. He signed with the Jets following the tryout and stayed on the roster into training camp before being released prior to the regular season. Heaps played in one preseason game last year for New York, misfiring on his only pass attempt.
After being released by the Jets, Heaps signed with the Brooklyn Bolts, a semi-pro team in the Fall Experimental Football League. He mainly backed up NFL free agent Josh Freeman, though Heaps did complete 8-of-18 passes for 76 yards, one touchdown and an interception for the Bolts.
Seattle's quarterback situation could provide Heaps with an opportunity to stick in the NFL.
On Thursday, the Seahawks waived quarterback Phillip Sims, leaving the team with only starting quarterback Russell Wilson on the roster heading into the NFL draft. Last year's backup, veteran Tarvaris Jackson, is currently a free agent, and another backup, B.J. Daniels, signed with Houston in late December. According to Seattle Times reporter Bob Condotta, the Seahawks are continuing to negotiate with Jackson on a possible deal.
Seattle is bringing in other young quarterbacks to compete for a position, though the Seahawks did not draft a quarterback. According to the Seattle Times, the Seahawks signed TCU quarterback Trevone Boykin to an undrafted free-agent contract and will be bringing in Oregon quarterback Vernon Adams for a tryout at mini-camp. Seattle has yet to announce any undrafted free-agent signings.
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