The Minnesota Vikings found a backup quarterback.
NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported Wednesday the Vikings have finalized a trade with the Denver Broncos for quarterback Trevor Siemian. In addition to Siemian, Denver sends a 2018 seventh-round draft pick to Minnesota in exchange for a 2019 fifth-round pick.
Siemian will provide experience behind Cousins after starting 24 games the past two seasons in Denver, compiling 30 touchdown passes, 24 interceptions and a 59.3 completion percentage. The former seventh-round pick doesn't boast the tools that get scouts drooling, but proved he can move the offense when protected.
The 26-year-old became the odd man out in Denver after John Elway signed Case Keenum to a two-year contract, inducing the trade. The Broncos will press forward with Keenum as a bridge, former first-round pick Paxton Lynch, and 2017 seventh rounder Chad Kelly. Elway could also spend the No. 5 overall pick on another rookie QB.
Nabbing Siemian for a late-round pick is a solid move for Minnesota. As we saw with Philadelphia, backup quarterback remains a vital position for a team with Super Bowl aspirations. Siemian might have his flaws, but he also has proven to be a capable spot starter who likely will have a lengthy NFL career as a QB caddy.