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Rapoport: Vikings Finalizing Trade for Broncos QB Trevor Siemian

Vikings acquire a backup quarterback after losing three in free agency

According to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, the Minnesota Vikings are finalizing a trade with the Denver Broncos to acquire quarterback Trevor Siemian.

Siemian, 26, has one year left on his rookie contract for $1.905 million.

Siemian is 6-3, 220 pounds. A Northwestern graduate, he was drafted by the Broncos in the 7th-round of the 2015 draft. In three NFL seasons Siemian has started 24 games, compiling a 13-11 record as a starter. He’s completed 495 of 835 passes (59.3%) for 5,686 yards with 30 touchdowns and 24 interception. His career passer rating is 79.9.

Here’s a quick summary of Siemian’s career:

  • 2015: Sat behind Peyton Manning and Brock Osweiler. He appeared in one game but did not register any stats.
  • 2016: Started 14 games and went 8-6. Completed 59.5% of his passes and threw for 3,401 yards with 18 touchdowns and ten interceptions. Averaged 242.9 yards per game and was sacked 31 times.
  • 2017: Started 10 games and went 5-5, Completed 59% of his passes and threw for 2,285 yards with 12 touchdowns and 14 interceptions. Averaged 207.7 yards per game through the air and earned a Pro Football Focus grade of 53.2. He was sacked 33 times.

Siemian will serve as the backup quarterback behind starter Kirk Cousins.

The Vikings were in need of a backup after losing three quarterbacks in free agency. They were able to land a very affordable one. Siemian is making less than Case Keenum did last season. Keenum signed with Siemian’s former team, the Broncos, yesterday.

UPDATE:

According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Vikings will receive Siemian and a 2018 draft pick in exchange for a 2019 pick. Mike Klis of Denver media later reported the details; the Vikings send a 2019 fifth-round pick to Denver for a 2018 seventh-rounder and Siemian.

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Sean Borman

Sean Borman is a writer with Minnesota roots that's still somehow an optimist. He was an intern with the Vikings during college and previously wrote for Rant Sports. You can find Sean on the golf course and on Twitter @SeanBoarMan.

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7 Comments

  1. Definitely the right price for a backup. Not sure about the right arm. Have to trust DeFilippo and the coaching staff that a change of scenery (and some different coaching) can make a difference.

    1. Totally agree re: price. Have to think this is why the Vikings brought in the young, “QB expert” coaches in DeFilippo, (held onto) Stefanski, and Todd Downing

  2. Well, there goes my hoped-for Johnny Manziel vs. E.J. Manuel training camp “Thunderdome” duel to the death to be our QB2! And my somewhat less hoped-for straight-up, bust-for-bust, “change of scenery” Laquon Treadwell for Paxton Lynch trade! Oh, well. Those scenarios would have given us more upside, I think, but Siemian is a smart, safe choice for the job.

  3. I really wanted us to see us give Johnny Manzel a chance to be our number 2 qb I think he has similar play to Kirk. But siemian is a really good safe choice for a back up I think probably better coming in to our team than case was

    1. Lots of love for Johnny Football around these parts. I’m excited to see what Siemian and Sloter bring to the table this summer

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