The Oakland Raiders signed quarterback Josh Booty on Wednesday. The former sixth round pick has been out of football since 2003.
Booty was originally selected by the Seattle Seahawks
in the sixth round of the 2001 NFL Draft, the tenth quarterback taken that year. He was then acquired by the Cleveland Browns
via waivers in 2001 and spent parts of three seasons with the Browns. The 31-year-old has been out of football since the second week of the 2003 season and has never thrown a pass in an NFL game.
He was waived by then head coach Butch Davis who cited the lack of importance of carrying a third quarterback on the roster.
"I'm sure he was (upset)," Davis said at the time. "I explained to him that it had absolutely nothing to do with Josh Booty. It's one of those unfortunate situations that it's a position on everybody's team and everyone thinks they have to have one, yet statistically they never go into a game."
Interestingly, John David Booty, the quarterback of USC, is his brother. Head coach Lane Kiffin was hired away from USC this year.
Booty threw for 3,951 yards and 24 TDs during his two-year college career at LSU.