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Vikings Cut Another Backup Quarterback

Devon Platana
The Minnesota Vikings have cut another backup quarterback ahead of Tuesday's 53-man roster deadline.
The Minnesota Vikings have cut another backup quarterback ahead of Tuesday's 53-man roster deadline. / ASSOCIATED PRESS

The Minnesota Vikings have been anything but idle ahead of Tuesday's 53-man roster deadline. The organization has already cut three of its four 2021 third-round picks, including quarterback Kellen Mond. Fast forward a few hours and another backup signal-caller has been given the axe.

NFL insider Ian Rapoport reports that QB Sean Mannion has also been cut by the Vikings. The former Oregon State gunslinger has spent most of the last three seasons in Minnesota and even re-signed with the team back in March.

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Even though Mannion was cut, his time with the Vikings might not be over just yet. Rapoport adds that he "could return on the practice squad."

Mannion's release doesn't come as much of a surprise. While he opened training camp in a competition with Mond to be Kirk Cousins' backup, that was thrown out the window when the Vikings traded for Nick Mullens last week.

Given that Mullens has a more proven resumé than the aforementioned duo, he's clearly the best man for the job. The 27-year-old gunslinger has started 17 games over his four-year NFL career, completing 407 passes for over 4,800 yards and 26 touchdowns to 22 interceptions.

It'll be interesting to see if another team takes a shot on Mannion. That could be easier said than done considering how he's only started three times over 14 games played since 2015, recording 573 yards, one TD and three INTs over that stretch.

At the end of the day, it makes sense if the Vikings wind up bringing him back on the practice squad. Mannion is a familiar face and clearly well-liked by the organization, otherwise, he wouldn't be around for three years. Only time will tell if that becomes a reality, though.

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