QB Gardner Minshew II describes joining Las Vegas Raiders

In March, the Las Vegas Raiders signed veteran quarterback Gardner Minshew II to a two-year contract worth $25 million.

Minshew is one of the best backup quarterbacks in the NFL. If he has to step into a starting role, he is capable of helping a team tread water and keep their season alive. He did that last season with the Indianapolis Colts, nearly helping them reach the playoffs.

Now Minshew joins the Silver and Black to compete with Aidan O’Connell for the starting job. Even if O’Connell wins the job, Minshew is the best backup insurance the team can have.

Minshew joined Maxx Crosby’s defense on the latest episode of his podcast, “The Rush with Maxx Crosby,” to discuss his decision to join the Raiders.

“It was my first option when we were stacking it,” Minshew said. “I think I was their first option. As soon as free agency started, we made the call, and that was it. It couldn’t have been easier, it couldn’t have been more exciting.”

Minshew mentioned the ease of the free agency process with the Raiders. He has been with a number of teams in his career, spending time with the Colts, Jacksonville Jaguars and Philadelphia Eagles.

Minshew was a sixth-round selection in the 2019 NFL Draft out of Washington State, one round after the Raiders selected Crosby in the same draft.

“It was so much fun,” Minshew said of how easy the process was. “So much less stress. The year before there was more uncertainty, but it just increased.”

Minshew revealed that he almost returned to the Colts.

“It was basically like, ‘Whatever you get, bring it back to us, if we can match it, we can match it,’” he said. “I have great relationships there. The people in that building have been great. I think that’s why we’ve been successful this past year. Just guys and everyone pulling in the same direction, which is a lot like what I feel here.

Minshew has thrown for 9,937 yards and 59 touchdowns in 49 career games. The Raiders hope he can lead them back to the playoffs or be a good backup for their young starter.

Click here to watch the full podcast episode with Crosby and Minshew.

The NFL Draft will be held in Detroit, Michigan, from April 25 to 27, 2024. The Las Vegas Raiders are currently ranked thirteenth overall.

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