When Trevor Siemian was deciding whether or not to re-sign with the Vikings or join the Jets, it was future Hall of Fame quarterback Peyton Manning who nudged him toward Gang Green.
Siemian, who was the third-string quarterback in Denver during Manning's final season in 2015, told newyorkjets.com that he was texting back and forth with Manning while mulling what to do.
It was Manning's praise for Jets' new coach Adam Gase that sold Siemian.
"He obviously thinks a lot of coach Gase," Siemian said. "Being with some of the guys that were there in Denver when coach Gase was there, before I had gotten there, they spoke really highly of him. That and a bunch of other reasons are why I'm here and I'm super excited."
Manning had his best statistical season of his career in 2013 at the age of 37 under Gase, the Broncos offensive coordinator, throwing for a career-high 5,477 yards and 55 touchdowns en route to his fifth MVP award.
Siemian was drafted by the Broncos the season after Gase left to become the offensive coordinator of the Chicago Bears.
Siemian, who will serve as Sam Darnold's backup, is looking forward to being part of the Jets not just because of getting the chance to learn under Gase, but because of the direction the team is moving.
"The pieces are here, no doubt," Siemian said. "But I think if you talk to a lot of teams in the spring, they're pretty excited and rightfully so. The pieces are here. I think the exciting part as a player is you get to build it from the ground up and we got the right guys here. It's just a matter of building it and we'll see where we go."