Former Vikings quarterbacks find life after final roster cuts

(Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images) Sean Mannion and Kellen Mond
(Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images) Sean Mannion and Kellen Mond /

The tenures of both Sean Mannion and Kellen Mond with the Minnesota Vikings have come to end, but both have found life since being released

After less-than-stellar preseason showings by quarterbacks Sean Mannion and Kellen Mond, the Minnesota Vikings decided it was time to part ways. Having released both Mannion and Mond,  the Vikings elected to trade for quarterback Nick Mullens, and then they recently signed David Blough to the practice squad.

But both Mannion and Mond have found life outside of Minnesota, with Mannion returning to the Seattle Seahawks, and Mond signing with the Cleveland Browns. With Geno Smith and Drew Lock serving as a 1A-1B situation in Seattle, Mannion will most likely serve the veteran role he’s been accustomed to in his career.

For Mond, the situation is a little bit different. The 23-year-old will join a franchise that is set to see its starting quarterback Deshaun Watson sit out the first 11 games of the regular season due to a suspension. Mond will learn behind Jacoby Brissett and get to work with former Vikings offensive coordinator Kevin Stefanski.

For Kellen Mond and Sean Mannion, their chance away from the Minnesota Vikings can serve as a career resurgence

If Smith and Lock can’t show they’re the clear-cut answer at the QB1 position in Seattle, Pete Carroll may hit the panic button and throw Mannion into the mix.

While it’s highly unlikely considering his past, heading into a team he’s familiar with that has a less-than-ideal quarterback situation at least gives him a chance.

For Mond, he gets to sit behind a veteran in Brissett, and until Watson comes back, Brissett shouldn’t be the de facto starter for all 11 games.

If the Browns find themselves in a position where they have nothing to lose, Stefanski may decide to see what the young quarterback has to offer until Watson returns.

Regardless, both quarterbacks weren’t going to find progression in Minnesota, as the team has shown its commitment to Kirk Cousins. Departing the Vikings and finding new homes may have been the best move for both of them.

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