Ohio State Football Standout JT Barrett signs with Canadian Football League team


Former Ohio State quarterback JT Barrett signed with the Edmonton Elks of the Canadian Football League on Saturday. This was officially announced by the team. Barrett spent five seasons with the Buckeyes and three seasons with different teams in the NFL.

He most recently had a tryout with the Seattle Seahawks in December 2020, two days after the conclusion of the NFL regular season. The Seahawks have not opted to sign him. He spent three weeks with Seattle in August 2019 and signed just nine days after being released by the New Orleans Saints, where he played his rookie season after signing as an undrafted free agent in 2018.

Seattle waived Barrett after the 2019 preseason, which eventually led to him rejoining the Saints. He spent the 2019 season on the New Orleans practice team before eventually being fired. In 2020, prior to his tryout with the Seahawks, he played in The Spring League, a developmental league and scouting event for professional football players.

After his second release from New Orleans mid-season, Barrett was inducted into the Steelers practice squad in December 2019 and subsequently signed a reserves/futures contract with the team. But he was waived by Pittsburgh on Aug. 2 after less than a year with the team.

Before attempting to make it to the NFL, Barrett spent five years in Columbus as a member of the Buckeyes. He signed with Ohio State in the Class of 2013 as the first handpicked quarterback Urban Meier and Tom Herman. He was ranked a four-star prospect, #135 overall and #2 dual threat quarterback, according to the 247Sports Composite. Rider High School’s product selected Scarlet and Gray over offers from Baylor, LSU, Mississippi State, Nebraska, Ole Miss, Texas Tech and others.

With Braxton Miller Behind the Ohio State center in 2013, the decision was made to give Barrett a redshirt in his freshman year on campus. In year 2 he fought with Cardale Jones for the backup job, but when Miller was out for the season during fall camp, Barrett was pushed into the starting role. Despite having some hiccups early in the season, Barrett settled into his starting spot after a loss to Virginia Tech and led the Buckeyes to an unlikely 11-1 regular season. Unfortunately, in the final game of the regular season against Michigan, Barrett suffered a season-ending injury of his own and watched from the sidelines as Jones led the team to a Big Ten and a national title.

At the beginning of 2015 there was another battle for the starting gig and this time Jones beat Barrett. With offense faltering earlier in the year, the Buckeyes switched back to Barrett, who led Ohio State to victories over Michigan and Notre Dame at the Fiesta Bowl, to end the season.

As a junior in 2016 and then as a senior in 2017, Barrett was the undisputed starter, helping the program to a 23-4 overall record and a 16-2 conference record in the regular season, with a conference title in his senior year.

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For his career, Barrett was a 38-6 starter, throwing for over 9,400 yards and 104 touchdowns while also rushing for over 3,200 yards and 43 points. He was a three-time captain, three-time All-Big Ten selection, three-time Big Ten Quarterback of the Year, two-time Bowl Game MVP, and won a Silver Football Award. Barrett holds school and conference records for touchdowns responsible for and passing touchdowns.

Chance Linton contributed to this report.


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