Sean Mannion ‘in the mix’ for Minnesota’s backup QB job
NFL Network’s Mike Garofolo first got wind of the news on Tuesday, with Minnesota stating that the current backup QB for Jared Goff in Los Angeles is “in the mix” at becoming the next reliever for Kirk Cousins.
Garofolo also mentioned that Trevor Siemian, the Vikes’ current second-string QB, has drawn some interest from several NFL teams this week and that’s what prompted the Vikings to begin searching for their own replacement for Siemian.
Mannion was drafted in the third round by the then-St. Louis Rams in the 2015 NFL Draft and has served the St. Louis/Los Angeles franchise throughout his professional career as a backup quarterback. Mannion likely won’t return to the Rams since they signed former Jacksonville starter Blake Bortles to be the backup.
The 26-year-old out of Oregon State has played 10 NFL games this far, with eight of those 10 games coming out of the past two seasons. Both of those seasons in Los Angeles were helmed by head coach Sean McVay as the Rams became one of the best football teams in the NFC.
Mannion’s participation as one of McVay’s products must’ve been what drove Minnesota’s interest in the California native. Cousins himself spent three seasons in Washington learning from McVay, who was the Redskins’ offensive coordinator at the time.
Minnesota head coach Mike Zimmer and general manager Rick Spielman look to continue their trend of signing QBs with a history of putting up huge numbers in the passing game. During Mannion’s junior season in Colorado in 2013, he set a new school record by throwing six passing touchdowns in a game.