COLUMBUS — J.T. Barrett will get another shot at his NFL dreams this weekend.
The former Ohio State quarterback has bounced around the professional ranks after being picked up by the New Orleans Saints an undrafted free agent in 2018. The Dallas Cowboys are reportedly bringing in the first three-time captain in Buckeyes history for a tryout this weekend.
Dallas is hosting its rookie minicamp this weekend, and backup quarterback Ben DiNucci isn’t eligible to participate. Because of that, the Cowboys are brining in Barrett for a tryout where he will throw to their recent draft pick, Stanford’s Simi Fehoko, and seven undrafted wide receivers and tight ends.
Barrett was a four-year starter in Columbus, helping the Buckeyes win the 2014 national championship along with two Big Ten Championships. The conference’s all-time leader in touchdowns, he’s also the first-team quarterback of the Big Ten’s all-decade team. Plus, he’s the only quarterback on either side of the Ohio State-Michigan rivalry to go a perfect 4-0.
“I love him. He’s a member of the Meyer family as I said many, many times,” Urban Meyer said after the 2017 Cotton Bowl game. “But more importantly, he’s a legend at Ohio State. He’ll go down as one of the winningest quarterbacks ever to play here. He’ll go on his endeavors and do whatever he’s going to do. He has a home at Ohio State for the rest of his life.”
Barrett signed a three-year, undrafted free-agent contract with the Saints in 2018, spending most of his first season in the NFL on and off the practice squad until being waived in August 2019. Since then, he’s been signed and released by the Seattle Seahawks and Pittsburgh Steelers. He was also selected in the 2020 Spring League draft, playing part of the season with The Alphas.
J.T. Barrett’s NFL career still hasn’t taken off like it did at Ohio State. He’ll have another chance to further his NFL dream this weekend when he try out with the Dallas Cowboys.