Report: Vikings to meet with former Rams quarterback this week

(Photo by Josh Lefkowitz/Getty Images) Sean Mannion
(Photo by Josh Lefkowitz/Getty Images) Sean Mannion /

In search of adding a veteran backup to their quarterback room, the Minnesota Vikings will reportedly meet with free agent Sean Mannion this week.

Thanks to the recent decision by Trevor Siemian to sign with the New York Jets, Kirk Cousins and Kyle Sloter are the only quarterbacks the Minnesota Vikings currently have under contract for the 2019 season.

It seems likely that the Vikings will still add another signal-caller to their current group this year though. However, some believe that Sloter should be given the opportunity to be Cousins’ backup next season no matter who else Minnesota signs this year.

Well, it appears as though the Vikings could find a replacement for Siemian on their roster within the next few days.

According to the Pioneer Press’ Chris Tomasson on Tuesday, Minnesota will meet with free agent quarterback Sean Mannion sometime this week and most likely on the weekend.

Mannion was a member of the Los Angeles Rams last season and he has been in the league since 2015 when he was drafted in the third round out of Oregon State. He has started just one game during his entire career and he has attempted a whopping total of 53 passes since entering the league four years ago.

Thanks to his lack of in-game experience, Mannion likely won’t end up being very expensive to sign. Which is good for a team like the Vikings, who currently don’t have a ton of money to spend on free agents.

For those feeling uninspired about Minnesota’s decision to meet with Mannion this week, the remaining quarterbacks available in free agency aren’t going to generate much more excitement either. Among the signal-callers still looking for a team this offseason are guys like Geno Smith, Brock Osweiler, and Tom Savage.

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Even if the Vikings do go ahead and sign Mannion this week, it shouldn’t have any impact on Sloter’s chances of starting the 2019 season as the team’s No. 2 quarterback.