6 free-agent quarterbacks the Vikings could sign in 2020

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(Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images) Sean Mannion
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Sean Mannion

Instead of bringing in a new backup quarterback, the Vikings could just look to re-sign their current option. Sure, Sean Mannion doesn’t bring much to the table. His overall skill-set is pretty average and he isn’t going to win many games by using his god-given talents to rally his troops. But he does have some experience as a starter.

Another positive about Mannon is that he’s already familiar with Minnesota’s offensive system. He played in it last year and the Vikings wouldn’t have to teach a new face their offensive scheme.

Mannion may also come in at a really friendly price. He probably won’t have a hot market for his services this offseason and he has a young family that he’d have to uproot and move to a new city. It could be beneficial for both parties if he stayed in Minnesota for the veteran minimum.

The downside of keeping Mannion is that he’s Sean Mannion. If Kirk Cousins were to go down early in the 2020 season, relying on him to step in could be a horrifying ordeal for the Vikings and their fans.

Mannion’s career stats when it matters aren’t impressive. He’s thrown for just 384 yards with zero touchdowns and three interceptions. His career rating in the NFL is also a depressing 57.5.

So while he could be a cheap and familiar option, talent-wise he’s toward the bottom of the list of potential choices to be Minnesota’s backup quarterback for next season.