RENTON, Washington – The Seattle Seahawks are signing free agent quarterback Sean Mannion, a source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter on Saturday.
The signing adds apparent competition for one of the backup jobs behind Russell Wilson, uniting 29-year-old Mannion with new Seahawks offensive coordinator Shane Waldron. Waldron was an assistant to the Los Angeles Rams for two of the quarterback’s four seasons on the team.
The Seahawks had Danny Etling and Alex McGough as third and fourth quarterbacks behind Wilson and Geno Smith, who have served as Wilson’s backup for the past two seasons. The Seahawks typically have two quarterbacks on their 53-man roster and one more on their training team, though they carried another backup on their training team as COVID-19-related insurance late last season.
The Seahawks have guaranteed Smith a one-year minimum salary contract worth $ 1,212,500 and $ 137,500 this off-season.
Mannion joined the NFL in 2015 as the Oregon State Rams third-round draft pick. He spent his first four seasons with the Rams and the last two with the Minnesota Vikings. He has competed in 13 games (none last season) with two starts and completed 45 of 74 passes for 384 yards and zero touchdowns with three interceptions.