4. Mannion never played in meaningful game
Even though Mannion has been part of the team since 2015 when the team decided to use a third-round pick on the Oregon State product, the backup quarterback has seen limited action, with only 53 pass attempts to his name in four years without a single touchdown completion.
Does this mean Mannion doesn’t have what it takes to make it in the NFL? Absolutely not.
If anything, Rams fans will be the first to defend Mannion over the fact that it’s unfair to judge his ability as a reliable backup since Los Angeles was fortunate enough to be in a position where they never needed to use him in a meaningful game.
While the argument can also be made that Mannion deserved another chance to return on a new deal, keep in mind that Los Angeles most likely didn’t want to overpay since plenty of teams are expected to show interest in the backup quarterback.
Working with Sean McVay over the previous two seasons means Mannion has learned from one of the best coaches in the business, and this factor alone will make teams express interest with a kind of deal the Rams most likely didn’t want to compete with, so it all makes sense.