Saints free agent Trevor Siemian could provide reliable backup for Raiders

Trevor Siemian, New Orleans Saints (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
Trevor Siemian, New Orleans Saints (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images) /

New Orleans Saints free agent Trevor Siemian is set to visit with the Las Vegas Raiders, per James Palmer. If the Raiders end up signing Siemian, he’s a nice backup option for the black and silver to have behind Derek Carr.

While Saints fans aren’t Siemian’s biggest fan due to his lackluster performances in the Big Easy, those losses can’t all be pinned on the journeyman quarterback. The lack of weapons the team had was a recipe for disaster for whoever was starting at quarterback and we saw that firsthand throughout the season.

Marcus Mariota, who signed with division-rival Atlanta shortly after the Saints agreed to terms with Jameis Winston, spent the past two years as the backup for the Raiders. Now that Las Vegas needs a new backup, Siemian could make a lot of sense for Josh McDaniels’ Raiders.

Saints free agent Trevor Siemian visiting with the Raiders

Siemian, a former seventh-round pick out of Northwestern by the Broncos, has mostly spent his career as a backup. He started for the Broncos in 2016 and 2017 but ever since has been relegated to clipboard duty.

It didn’t feel like Siemian would stick around with the Saints last year but once Winston won the starting job, it was clear that Taysom Hill was going to be used as more of an offensive weapon and that Ian Book wasn’t ready to be a backup. That led to them keeping four quarterbacks on the roster with Siemian being the backup.

When Winston was injured in Week 8, Siemian stepped in and helped lead the black and gold to victory over the Bucs. That was where the fun stopped with Siemian at the helm, as the Saints went on to lose all four of his starts.

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If Siemian signed with the Raiders, he wouldn’t give them what Mariota provided them with but he’s a solid backup who can step into a game if need be.