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Seahawks waive Josh Portis after DUI arrest


In the NFL, if you’re going to screw up, you better have value.

Bruce Irvin apparently does, but Josh Portis apparently does not.

According to Eric Williams of the Tacoma News-Tribune, the Seahawks have waived Portis, shortly after his DUI arrest came to light.

Cutting a third-string quarterback should have zero tangible impact on the Seahawks’ chances this year, or any year.

That makes him a convenient example to make, to give other players the appearance of taking such things seriously — for a team which leads the league in PED suspensions since 2010, and still employs all but one of the suspended.

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43 Responses to “Seahawks waive Josh Portis after DUI arrest”
  1. bishop1025 says: May 21, 2013 1:23 PM

    Wow, not gonna stop mentioning that, are you?

  2. mobuccsfan says: May 21, 2013 1:23 PM

    Make way for the Tebow rumors in 3…2…1…

  3. MichaelWrites says: May 21, 2013 1:26 PM

    Dear Seattle Seahawks. We love you forever. Sincerely, Detroit Lions

  4. hutch119 says: May 21, 2013 1:27 PM

    So when should we be expecting Lynch’s release?

  5. thegreatgabbert says: May 21, 2013 1:27 PM

    Josh told the elders he was no longer a virgin, but they chose him as the ritual sacrifice anyway.

  6. bishop1025 says: May 21, 2013 1:27 PM

    Lol, anything to take the light off the Lions

  7. surfinbird1 says: May 21, 2013 1:42 PM

    If you’re really concerned enough to set an example for the rest of the players,waive one of your starters next time one of them screws up. Not somebody like this poor stiff.

  8. dino2997 says: May 21, 2013 1:52 PM

    What the Seahawks did was no different then what any other team would have done. I believe that is highlighted in the first paragraph.

  9. TheUniverse says: May 21, 2013 1:54 PM

    The difference between Portis and others is that Portis was already on a short leash due to other screw-ups that led to him getting cut last year.

    This has nothing to do with setting an example. This is about cutting bait.

  10. Stiller43 says: May 21, 2013 1:55 PM

    While EVERY team is willing to “make a point” with lesser players, comparing a DUI to a suspension for adderall are two vastly different things.

    DUI, you could kill yourself, others, etc. Adderall…yes, you’ll meet a suspension from the NFL, but thats it.

  11. tjacks7 says: May 21, 2013 1:57 PM

    Never even heard of this guy but I’m sure Lynch, Chancellor, Irvin, Sherman, etc are shaking in their boots.

  12. subsoiler says: May 21, 2013 2:06 PM

    Love it, Jimmy Johnson school of coaching. Different rules based on contributions to team, and that’s the key to success! How many Superbowls does Dallas win without Michael Irvin? Or the Giants without LT? Note that the Jets and Idzik are looking at bringing over Tim Ruskell to help with personnel. Good luck with that, he won’t touch any player with even a marginal background issue and so then you end up with a team full of Tebows (nice enough guys, but can’t play!).

  13. jack3dsd says: May 21, 2013 2:08 PM

    they probably just had a big meeting about not having negative attention the day before that’s why he got the cut

  14. steelfan1 says: May 21, 2013 2:09 PM

    Why are some of these folks posting on here so naive. I am not a Seahawk as you can tell from my handle. What the Seahawks did is happening all across the country in small and large companies.

    Employers are willing to let some transgression slide as long as the value you bring to the company out-weighs the transgression.

    Bruce Ervin is not a starter, but a situational pass rusher who had a great rookie season and Josh Portis is a player who will never see the field. enough said.

  15. floratiotime says: May 21, 2013 2:10 PM

    Yeah, scrubs get the door … but this is a systemic issue. Dirty dirty dirty …

  16. seatownballers says: May 21, 2013 2:12 PM

    Losing a 480k a year job over a dui is not a joking matter

  17. godofwine330 says: May 21, 2013 2:18 PM

    seatownballers says:May 21, 2013 2:12 PM

    Losing a 480k a year job over a dui is not a joking matter


    Ain’t that the truth. Wow. Dude made the costliest of mistakes. As a fringe player you CANNOT mess up big. He was already between 50 and 90 before the DUI, and that is not good. There is always Canada.

  18. 49faithful says: May 21, 2013 2:18 PM

    He was cut because instead of drinking he should have been pill pop-in.

  19. fumblenuts says: May 21, 2013 2:36 PM

    Portis CAN’T stay out of trouble…..time to clean house again Pete, good job!

  20. agelardi says: May 21, 2013 2:36 PM

    I’m sure he can try out for the Jets.

  21. mackcarrington says: May 21, 2013 2:42 PM

    To me what is significant about this is not just that he is a “fringe” player, but he is a quarterback. A quarterback, even if he is on the fringe, is supposed to be someone with a lot better judgement and self discipline. A DUI from a practice squad player is easier to take than from even a 3rd string QB.

  22. jprcox says: May 21, 2013 2:45 PM

    I am a Seahawk fan, and even I think this move is incredibly bias. How can other “valuable” team members do the same, or worse, and not get released as well?

    This article bring a good point to mind. What’s the message – “You better be good before you make a mistake”?

    Overall this seems crazy unfair.

  23. rukkus1 says: May 21, 2013 2:57 PM

    This dude had a few problems. A dui is dumb on his behalf… One of the biggest problems he faced was politics.

  24. hawkforlife says: May 21, 2013 2:58 PM

    I may be wrong here but I believe under the CBA a player can’t be cut for a failed PED test. In the agreement the suspension is the punishment stated in the CBA. That doesn’t apply to DUIs or other criminal acts.

    Can PFT answer that?

  25. ricco49 says: May 21, 2013 3:03 PM

    dino2997 says:
    May 21, 2013 1:52 PM
    What the Seahawks did was no different then what any other team would have done. I believe that is highlighted in the first paragraph.

    Okay and your point is???

    It isn’t right for any team to do this!!! Every player should have the same tolerance.

  26. Stiller43 says: May 21, 2013 3:04 PM


    Why is that unfair? Do you think every member of every team (or every employee of every company) is exactly equal?

    Some people bring more value based on what they do, and theyre treated as such. Thats very capitalistic, actually. If you think Aaron Rodgers (or Brady, Manning, etc.) would get cut for a minor (right at the legal limit, no indicents) DUI, just like some minor no name packer, you’re high.

  27. thestrategyexpert says: May 21, 2013 3:08 PM

    Good for them. Can we finally get Tebow on a roster?

  28. sweetnlow44 says: May 21, 2013 3:22 PM

    He wasn’t going to make the team, anyway. This DUI just gave them an easy way to cut him. The writing was on the wall that Portis was on his way out when they drafted Johnson. So, please stop saying this is unfair. DUI or not, it was going to happen.

  29. offthelows says: May 21, 2013 3:33 PM

    So I guess this means Al Michaels should be fired?

  30. deltaoracle says: May 21, 2013 3:44 PM

    Wow you really have to walk the straight and narrow in Seattle.

  31. crappygovernment says: May 21, 2013 3:57 PM

    No one would accept Tebow as Russell WIlson’s back-up. They know the Lord’s QB #15 is taller and a better leader of men!

  32. questforthesixthnotthelast2013 says: May 21, 2013 4:00 PM

    As long as you are focused on the straight and narrow, haha!!!

  33. juliusanonymous says: May 21, 2013 4:13 PM

    So let’s see, the team cuts a 3rd-string QB that couldn’t even make the roster last season.

    How does that have anything to do with cutting a first round draft pick from one year ago? Irvin is a starter. You don’t cut starting first round draft picks, especially when it violates the CBA.

  34. onbucky96 says: May 21, 2013 4:20 PM

    Yeah, we’re tough on cheaters/drunks in Seattle! We won’t tolerate that kind of behavior from our Seahawks! Well, at least the fringe 3rd string QB. Sincerely, Pete the Cheat.

  35. supesfan34 says: May 21, 2013 4:31 PM

    No matter what anyone think of this move by the Seahawks, Portis just isn’t an NFL QB. He was gone sooner or later. Now it’s just sooner…

  36. throw46 says: May 21, 2013 4:54 PM

    Wonder what his cousin is thinking about this?
    (Clinton Portis)
    I for one thought he was getting favored treatment
    because of it.

    Seen this guy since HS…..just don’t get it. So many other QB’s throw a better ball.
    So many chances…….whatever.

  37. nativeraider says: May 21, 2013 5:38 PM

    Would have more respect for Seahawks brass if they let go of Irvin instead of some no namer. Well lets see if the next guy in trouble will be released too…

  38. genericcommenter says: May 21, 2013 7:11 PM

    I’m a MD alum, and paid fairly close attention to his college career. I’m surprised he lasted this long or even made a practice squad. It would be better IMO to be cut based on on-field performance, but he’s pretty much reached his potential.

  39. pgilbert15303 says: May 21, 2013 7:33 PM

    I am baffled why they would not go with another run and gunner Vince Young. So he has carnal knowledge of Ms. Fischer… That’s between Jeff and Vince.

    Just keep him away from Mrs. Carroll.

  40. stoptrippn says: May 21, 2013 8:49 PM

    Pete you should be waived.

  41. hawkman4life says: May 21, 2013 9:26 PM

    It’s a business first and its goal is to make money. You dont make money getting rid of your top dogs. If it becomes habitual then they cut ties as most teams will pass on repeat offenders thereby not boosting another team based on moral compass. This is nothing new and would not be a story if Seattle was a bottom dwelling team.

  42. lakermetskins says: May 21, 2013 9:42 PM

    I KNEW Pete Carroll would eventually show his influence on this team. Look for more of the same in the future.

    Seattle has as much talent as anyone in the NFL, but, they have no character, discipline, and leadership. Look at the teams that win super bowls (Giants, Patriots, Ravens, Steelers, Packers, soon to be 49ers). Seattle won’t compete because they lack a respected leader.

    Sorry Seahawk Fan.

  43. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: May 22, 2013 3:33 PM

    Love how NFL teams make an example out of 3rd string players. What a joke.

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