With Sean Mannion hitting free agency this year, the Vikings had a great opportunity to improve their backup quarterback situation behind Kirk Cousins before the upcoming season. Minnesota could’ve found a potential young backup in this year’s NFL Draft or they could have gone after one of the established veterans available in free agency.
Instead, the Vikings decided to bring back Mannion for another season. A guy who still has yet to throw a touchdown pass in the NFL since he entered the league in 2015.
Did Minnesota re-sign Mannion because he was cheap and familiar with their offense? This seems safe to assume. But if Cousins is lost for a portion of games in 2020 due to injury and Mannion has to fill in, the Vikings are screwed.
Minnesota’s current backup has only started two games in his entire pro career and in each of these contests, he failed to complete at least 60 percent of his passes and throw for more than 190 yards in addition to not tossing any touchdown passes.
The Vikings might feel like they shouldn’t have to worry about Cousins getting injured in 2020 because he’s never missed a game since becoming a full-time starter in 2015. But in the game of football, nothing is predictable and Minnesota could be in a lot of trouble if they have to turn to Mannion next season for any amount of time.