5 options at QB if Vikings lose Kirk Cousins to injury in 2020

(Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images) Jacoby Brissett
(Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images) Jacoby Brissett /
2 of 6
Minnesota Vikings
(Photo by Todd Kirkland/Getty Images) Trevor Siemian /

Sign free agent Trevor Siemian

If your eyes are in the back of your head right now, we understand the eye-roll. Trevor Siemian is likely the least-sexy-but-still-realistic course of action should the Vikings opt for a player not on their current depth chart.

Siemian played with Minnesota during the 2018 season, although he never played a snap in a regular season game. As of now, he is a free agent and his price tag for a one-year stint would be diminutive. This would naturally align with the Vikings’ current salary cap situation. At 28-years-old, Siemian should be at the prime age of his career physically.

In 25 career starts predominantly with the Denver Broncos, Siemian was 13-12 as a starter and he showed youthful promise in his 2016 campaign. Heck, he even succeeded Peyton Manning.

In that season, he was 8-6 as the leader of the Broncos. His production dipped and he was later benched for Paxton Lynch in 2017. Not long after, former Minnesota quarterback Case Keenum was signed by Denver and The Siemian Era in Colorado was nixed.

During his career of 27 total games, Siemian has accumulated 5,686 passing yards, 30 touchdowns, 24 interceptions, a 59.2 completion percentage, and a humble 79.6 passer rating.

He played with New York Jets sparingly in 2019, but he could attract attention from the Vikings front office because of his general familiarity with the team and head coach Mike Zimmer.