The New York Jets added a backup squad to quarterback Sam Darnold, free-standing coach Trevor Siemian on Wednesday, the team said.
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It's a one-year contract for $ 2 million, according to one source. It has a maximum value of $ 3 million with incentives.
Siemian replaces Josh McCown, who has spent the last two seasons with the Jets – 2017 as starting, 2018 as Darnold's replacement. McCown, who turns 40 on July 4, reflects on his future. He recently indicated that he wanted to continue his career in football, but he wanted to spend time with his family before hiring him. If he decides to play, it might be a camp option for a team that needs an experienced substitute.
Siemian, who has a 13-11 starting record with the Denver Broncos, gives the Jets some experience behind Darnold, who started 13 games as a rookie. The only other quarterback on the list is former New York Giants coach Davis Webb, who has not played in a regular season game yet.
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Siemian has no past with new coach Adam Gase or the new offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains. Gase was the offensive coordinator of the Broncos until 2014, the year before the drafting of Siemian.
Siemian, 27, has never seen the pitch for the Minnesota Vikings last season after the team acquired it in an exchange with the Broncos. shoulder that he had surgically repaired 12 months ago.
In Denver, Siemian launched 30 touchdowns and 24 interceptions, with a career-high percentage of 59.3. The Broncos selected him in the seventh round (250th overall) of the 2015 draft.
The Vikings bought Siemian one day before locking Kirk Cousins into a fully guaranteed three-year contract during the free agency period.
Courtney Cronin of ESPN contributed to this report.