Seahawks release backup QB Portis after DUI arrest

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RENTON — The Seahawks announced Tuesday they had waived backup quarterback Josh Portis, a day after it was revealed he had been arrested on suspicion of DUI on May 5.

Portis was one of four quarterbacks on Seattle’s roster, and one of three competing for the backup job behind Russell Wilson. The others are seven-year veteran Brady Quinn and first-year player Jerrod Johnson.

The Seahawks almost certainly will now be on the market for at least one more quarterback for training camp. Seattle brought in two for tryouts earlier this month: Casey Brockman, a rookie from Murray State, and Jake Mullin, a rookie from McMurry.

Portis was re-signed by the Seahawks in April to a two-year contract with a base salary of $480,000 for 2013.

He spent all of the 2011 season on the team’s roster, and spent 12 weeks last year on the practice squad before being released in November. He did not play in a regular-season game.

Portis, who will be arraigned in Redmond Courthouse on May 28, was pulled over after he was observed driving 80 miles an hour in a 60 mph zone exiting the Mount Baker Tunnel on eastbound I-90 in a 2008 Range Rover.

A report from the Washington State Patrol said the officer noticed “a strong odor of intoxicants coming from the vehicle” and that the driver “had watery, bloodshot eyes.”

Portis initially refused to take a field-sobriety test, but later submitted to two breath tests and registered blood-alcohol concentration readings of .092 and .078. The legal limit in the state of Washington is .080. He was charged with a gross misdemeanor.

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