Packers Sign Former Vikings QB

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The Sean Mannion era is over for the Minnesota Vikings — for good — and in fact, the veteran quarterback won’t play in the NFL again.

Why? Well, he’s joining the Green Bay Packers’ coaching staff, according to ESPN.

Packers Sign Former Vikings QB

Brady Henderson of ESPN tweeted Saturday, “Former Rams, Vikings and Seahawks QB Sean Mannion is ending his nine-year NFL playing career and has accepted a position on the Packers’ coaching staff, a source tells me. He’ll work with QBs and the passing game.”

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The Vikings had signed Mannion five separate times in the last five seasons.

“I’ve heard from several people over the last few years who said Mannion was destined to eventually coach because of his intelligence and understanding of the game. He’ll get that start in Green Bay after finishing last season on the Seahawks’ practice squad,” Henderson added on X.

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Mannion basically played hopscotch between the purple team’s roster and the Seattle Seahawks since 2019. He last played for the Vikings in 2023, although he lived on the practice squad after signing in October. Minnesota released him in December, and — you guessed it — he joined the Seahawks to wind down his career.

The Oregon State alumnus joined the NFL in 2015, a 3rd-Round pick by the St. Louis Rams. He stayed attached to the Rams for four seasons, the duration of his rookie contract, and then began the Minnesota-Seattle boomerang. Here’s his career resume to date:

  • St. Louis / Los Angeles Rams (2015–2018)
  • Minnesota Vikings (2019–2020)
  • Seattle Seahawks (2021)
  • Minnesota Vikings (2021)
  • Seattle Seahawks (2022)
  • Minnesota Vikings (2023)
  • Seattle Seahawks (2023)
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Standing 6’6″ and weighing 230 pounds, Mannion started three career games in the NFL, appeared in 11 more, and tabulated 573 passing yards, 1 touchdown, and 3 interceptions. He tossed the lone touchdown pass when Kirk Cousins infamously contracted the coronavirus in 2021 before a game at the Packers, the team Mannion will now join as a coach.

The man was also a frequent staple of the Vikings’ preseason festivities in the last half-decade. Current head coach Kevin O’Connell rests almost all starters in exhibition games, and the previous skipper, Mike Zimmer, generally only played such players once per preseason. Mannion always seemed to find the field for the Vikings during August.

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In Green Bay, Mannion will mentor Jordan Love, who totally busted out in 2023. Love wasn’t stellar all season, but down the stretch, the fourth-year passer flourished and dismantled the Dallas Cowboys’ wonderful defense in the Wildcard Round. Green Bay lost the following week, however, after Love tossed a dreadful late-game interception versus the San Francisco 49ers.

Mannion will turn 32 on April 25th, the first night of the 2024 NFL Draft.


Dustin Baker is a political scientist who graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2007. Subscribe to his daily YouTube Channel, VikesNow. He hosts a podcast with Bryant McKinnie, which airs every Wednesday with Raun Sawh and Sal Spice. His Vikings obsession dates back to 1996. Listed guilty pleasures: Peanut Butter Ice Cream, ‘The Sopranos,’ Basset Hounds, and The Doors (the band).

All statistics provided by Pro Football Reference / Stathead; all contractual information provided by OverTheCap.com.

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