Former Vikings QB Signs with Packers

Sep 24, 2023; Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA; A Green Bay Packers helmet sits on the sidelines during the game against the New Orleans Saints at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

No, it isn’t Kirk Cousins.

Instead, former Vikings QB, Sean Mannion, who spent parts of each of the past five seasons (2019-2023) with the team, has decided to head to the Green Bay Packers, Minnesota’s most-hated rival. However, this signing isn’t as a player.

The QB has decided to hang up his cleats after nine seasons, and he will be joining the Packers’ coaching staff for the 2024 season.

Former Vikings QB Signs with Packers

Former Vikings QB
Aug 20, 2022; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Minnesota Vikings quarterback Sean Mannion (14) throws during the fourth quarter against the San Francisco 49ers at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Krohn-USA TODAY Sports

The news was reported by Brady Henderson of ESPN, who tweeted, “Former Rams, Vikings and Seahawks QB Sean Mannion is ending his nine-year NFL playing career and has accepted a position on the Packers’ coaching staff, a source tells me. He’ll work with QBs and the passing game.”

“I’ve heard from several people over the last few years who said Mannion was destined to eventually coach because of his intelligence and understanding of the game. He’ll get that start in Green Bay after finishing last season on the Seahawks’ practice squad,” Henderson added.

Mannion spent his collegiate years with the Oregon State Beavers where he passed for 13,600 yards, 83 TDs, and 54 INTs while completing 64.6% of his passes before being selected in the third round of the 2014 NFL Draft by the St. Louis Rams. His passing yardage total ranks first all-time in the Oregon State program’s history and is second all-time in the PAC-12 conference.

Dec 23, 2018; Glendale, AZ, USA; Los Angeles Rams quarterback Sean Mannion (14) against the Arizona Cardinals at State Farm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Mannion went on to spend his first four NFL seasons with the Rams, serving as a backup to Nick Foles, Case Keenum, and Jared Goff over the course of his time there. Following the conclusion of his rookie contract, he signed with the Vikings in free agency.

Since that time, the QB has hopped back and forth from the Vikings roster/practice squad to the Seattle Seahawks practice squad.

Mannion started three career games in the NFL, appeared in 11 more, and totaled 573 passing yards, 1 touchdown, and 3 interceptions. He tossed the lone touchdown pass during his final start of his career, ironically coming against the Green Bay Packers as a member of the Vikings.

Sean Mannion
Aug 9, 2019; New Orleans, LA, USA; Minnesota Vikings quarterback Sean Mannion (4) throws a touchdown against the New Orleans Saints during the second quarter at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

Now, the QB turned coach will serve as a mentor to Jordan Love as the Packers hope to build off a successful 2023 season in which they went 9-8, made the playoffs, and earned a road playoff win over the Dallas Cowboys.

Other QBs on the Packers’ roster include Sean Clifford and Alex McGough. Mannion will turn just 32 years old in April.

Editor’s Note: Statistics for this article were found via Pro Football Reference and Sports Reference CFB.

Josh Frey is a Class of 2020 graduate of The College of Idaho and managing editor of PurplePTSD.com. When he’s not writing about the NFL, Josh enjoys running, gaming, or rooting for the Milwaukee Brewers and Bucks. Check out his Twitter account: @Freyed_Chicken.

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