The Minnesota Vikings, needing some help at quarterback after losing 2018 backup Trevor Siemian in free agency, added some depth to the position on Sunday.
#Vikings are signing QB Sean Mannion, source says. The former #Rams’ third-rounder heads to Minny, where they’re looking for a backup for Kirk Cousins now that Trevor Siemian has signed with the #Jets.
— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) April 7, 2019
Courtney Cronin of ESPN tweeted that the deal is expected to be a one-year deal worth roughly the veteran’s minimum with around $90K in bonuses.
Mannion (6-6, 223) was drafted in the third round (89th overall) by the Rams in 2015. The 26 year-old played sparingly in four seasons with the Rams, making only one start. Altogether he compiled 59 passing snaps, completing 33-of-53 passes (62.3%) for 258 yards. So far, the soon-to-be 27 year-old has thrown zero touchdowns and one interception in the NFL. He appeared in three games last season, completing 2-of-3 passes for 23 yards.
Garafolo mentioned Mannion will play second fiddle to Kirk Cousins. Based on his report as well as headlines from other resources, it certainly appears as though Mannion will be the assumed backup. What wasn’t noted was that he’ll need to fend off Kyle Sloter, who will also be gunning for the job.
For information on Mannion including his draft report and college highlights check out the article about his Monday meeting with the team.
The Vikings begin their offseason training program on April 15.