Saints free agent Trevor Siemian is a solid backup option for another team

Trevor Siemian, New Orleans Saints (Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images)
Trevor Siemian, New Orleans Saints (Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images) /

The New Orleans Saints have 11 players set to become unrestricted free agents. One of them is quarterback, Trevor Siemian, who would be a nice backup option for another team, just not the Saints.

Siemian was signed last offseason and gave the team four quarterbacks entering training camp. It didn’t feel like Siemian had a realistic shot to make the roster considering the team already had Jameis Winston, Taysom Hill, and Ian Book.

When Winston won the job, however, Hill was not the backup, but instead was used as an offensive weapon. With Book not ready to play, Siemian was kept on the roster and served as the backup quarterback. He ended up starting five games for the team when Winston went down but unfortunately, the team didn’t win with him at the helm.

Saints free agent Trevor Siemian should find an NFL home outside of NOLA

As of now, the Saints have backup quarterbacks options in Book and Blake Bortles so they don’t need to re-sign Siemian. The NFL journeyman would serve better as a backup quarterback somewhere with a younger quarterback (Bengals and Chargers immediately come to mind). He’s capable of stepping in for a few games if need be but he’s not someone to hitch a wagon to by any means.

I like Siemian and didn’t think he was as bad as a lot of people did but the Saints don’t need a backup quarterback, they need a starter. Siemian isn’t that and therefore, should be signing elsewhere this spring.

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Backup quarterbacks can make quite the living (just ask Chase Daniel) so this isn’t a bad gig for Siemian to have, especially when you consider that he was a seventh-round draft pick. He’s doing just fine for himself and depending on where he signs, he could have a chance to get some playing time in 2022.

It just won’t be in New Orleans, or at least it shouldn’t be.