NFL free agency rumors: Vikings searching for veteran backup quarterback

NFL free agency rumors: Vikings searching for veteran backup quarterback

The Vikings are looking to fill out their depth chart at quarterback.

Minnesota is searching for a backup quarterback and will visit with veteran free agent Sean Mannion next weekend, according to a report from the Pioneer Press, which cites an unidentified league source.

Mannion has spent the last four seasons with the Rams. He appeared in 10 games, throwing for 258 yards with no touchdowns and an interception.

Starter Kirk Cousins and former practice squad player Kyle Sloter are the only two signal callers currently on Minnesota’s roster. Last season’s second-stringer, Trevor Siemian, signed with the Jets earlier this month.

“We’d like to have a veteran (quarterback) if we could,” Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said Tuesday. “But we’re not going to rule out bringing in a rookie or Kyle (for the backup role).”

Sloter said he feels he’s ready to be Cousins’ backup.

“I’m more than ready to do it,” Sloter recently told the Pioneer Press. “I’ve been ready, I feel like, for a while. For one reason or another, they have kept me in the role that I’ve been in, and that’s their decision.

“It’s never a given, it’s always earned. I’m going to have to prove that I can do it first, and if that’s something they want to put on my plate, I’m ready to tackle it.”

Sloter said he feels like “he’s wanted in Minnesota.”

“I’m going to have to earn it,” Sloter said. “That’s what this league is all about. I’m going to be ready to compete.”

The Vikings finished last season with an 8-7-1 record.