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Seahawks Improve Quarterback Depth With Veteran Free Agent Signing

Tyler Maher
The Seattle Seahawks are adding Sean Mannion to their quarterback room.
The Seattle Seahawks are adding Sean Mannion to their quarterback room. / ASSOCIATED PRESS

The Seattle Seahawks are adding some quarterback depth to their roster by signing Sean Mannion to the practice squad. Mannion, 30, was waived by the Minnesota Vikings on Tuesday as part of the team's 53-man roster cuts.

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Mannion has been in the NFL sine 2015, primarily as a backup. He previously played for the Los Angeles Rams from 2015-2018 before joining the Vikings before the 2019 campaign. Mannion has played in 14 NFL games thus far (three starts), posting a 60.9% completion rate with more interceptions (three) than touchdowns (one) in limited action.

The veteran signal-caller could provide insurance under center for Seahawks quarterbacks Geno Smith and Drew Lock, neither of whom has a distinguished track record in the NFL. If one of them gets hurt or severely underperforms, Mannion could slot into a backup role.

Even if he remains on the practice squad, Mannion could still help Seattle's defense prepare for games by letting them face an NFL-caliber quarterback. The Seahawks will open their season at home against the Denver Broncos on Sept. 11, where Seattle is currently 6.5-point underdogs on FanDuel Sportsbook's NFL odds.

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