Jets sign QB Trevor Siemian as Sam Darnold’s backup

Trevor Siemian has joined the Jets to be Sam Darnold’s backup, signing a one-year deal Wednesday with New York, which was in the market for an experienced quarterback while Josh McCown mulls his playing future.

A person with direct knowledge of the contract says it is worth $2 million, with a maximum value of $3 million with incentives. Siemian, 27, spent last season with Minnesota and did not play a snap, but was with Denver the previous three years. He has 30 touchdown passes and 24 interceptions in 26 games, including 25 starts.

Siemian was a seventh-round draft pick by Denver out of Northwestern in 2015 and served as the Broncos’ backup to Peyton Manning and Brock Osweiler. Siemian replaced Manning as the starter the following season and went 8-6 while throwing for 3,401 yards with 18 touchdown passes and 10 interceptions.

The Jets also have former Cal QB Davis Webb on their roster.

• The Minnesota Vikings signed former Tennessee Titans right guard Josh Kline for their thin offensive line.

Kline’s three-year deal is valued at $15.75 million. His streak of 46 games started is the longest active run among all NFL guards. He played three seasons with the Titans.

• The Tampa Bay Buccaneers hired Maral Javadifar and Lori Locust as assistant coaches, becoming the first NFL team with two female coaches on their staff. Locust will be an assistant defensive line coach and Javadifar an assistant strength and conditioning coach.

• In other NFL moves, the Chicago Bears re-signed punter Pat O’Donnell to a two-year contract. O’Donnell has spent all five of his seasons with Chicago and is the franchise’s leader with a 44.9-yard career gross average. … Safety Clayton Geathers agreed to a one-year deal to return to the Indianapolis Colts. Geathers started 12 games for Indy last season and finished third on the team with a career-high 86 tackles.

Soccer: FIFA will allow only grass fields at the 2023 Women’s World Cup. The stipulation is contained in requirements sent to bidding nations and follows controversy over the use of artificial turf at the 2015 tournament in Canada, won by the United States.

Some players launched a gender-discrimination case —which was later withdrawn — over FIFA’s use of turf four years ago because men’s World Cup games always have been on grass. This year’s tournament in France will not have any artificial pitches.

Figure skating: Olympic champion Alina Zagitova produced a season-best score to take the lead after the short program on the opening day of the world championships in Saitama, Japan.

Obituaries: Charles “Chuck” Harmon, the Cincinnati Reds’ first African American player, has died at 94. The team said he died Tuesday, nearly 65 years after he made his debut against the Braves in Milwaukee on April 17, 1954.

Harmon was a familiar figure in Cincinnati as a regular participant in fan and community events. Harmon spent more than two seasons as a Reds utilityman. He also played for the Cardinals and Phillies in his four years in the majors.

• Third baseman Randy Jackson, who on Sept. 28, 1957, became the last Brooklyn Dodger to hit a home run before the franchise’s relocation to Los Angeles, died at 93 Wednesday at his home in Athens, Ga.

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