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Detroit Lions add former Ohio State QB J.T. Barrett to coaching staff

Aug 18, 2019; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Seattle Seahawks quarterback J.T. Barrett (6) throws during the fourth quarter against Minnesota Vikings at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

The Detroit Lions named former Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett to their coaching staff as an offensive assistant on Saturday.

Barrett, 27, played with the Buckeyes from 2014-17, winning 38 games as a starter. He threw for 9,434 yards, ran for 3,263 more and accounted for 147 touchdowns.

Despite his successful college career, Barrett wasn’t selected in the 2018 NFL Draft. He signed free agent contracts with the New Orleans Saints, Seattle Seahawks and Pittsburgh Steelers but never saw any game action.

The Steelers released him in August 2020, and he went on to play in The Spring League. He signed with the Edmonton Elks of the Canadian Football League in January, but an undisclosed injury ended his playing career. He was moved to the retired list in May.

Detroit has two Ohio State alumni on the roster on offense and two on defense: offensive linemen Taylor Decker and Jonah Jackson, defensive end Jashon Cornell and cornerback Jeff Okudah.

–Field Level Media