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Case Keenum | Quarterback | #4

Team: Denver Broncos
Age / DOB:  (30) / 2/17/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 215
College: Houston
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Broncos signed QB Case Keenum, formerly of the Vikings, to a two-year, $36 million contract.
The deal is considerably less than what Kirk Cousins is expected to command. That could be why Denver decided to go with Keenum before even having Cousins in for a visit, or they may have already been out of the running. Either way, they are moving forward with Keenum, who they were interested in trading for a couple years ago and has a relationship with senior personnel advisor Gary Kubiak from their days together in Houston. This move should not preclude the Broncos from using the No. 5 overall pick on a quarterback. Mar 13 - 1:23 AM

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NFL.com's Kimberly Jones reports the Jets could be interested in free agent Case Keenum if they miss out on Kirk Cousins.

Per Jones, Josh McCown also remains a fallback option. The Jets are not the favorites for Cousins, but should at least get an audience.
Mar 12 - 2:54 PM

According to Ben Volin of the Boston Globe, free agent Case Keenum can "likely be had" for $16-18 million annually.

Keenum is looking at a big raise after leading Minnesota to the NFC title game last season. He's been linked to the Broncos, who could view Keenum as a fallback for Kirk Cousins. Keenum has a connection to Denver senior personnel advisor Gary Kubiak, who helped sign Keenum as an undrafted free agent with Houston in 2012.
Mar 11 - 9:53 AM

9 News Denver's Mike Klis reports the Broncos are "interested in" free agent Case Keenum.

Keenum would obviously be a secondary option to Kirk Cousins when free agency opens, but with Cousins possibly leaning toward signing with the Vikings, teams need to be making contingency plans. Klis doesn't know if Keenum is the Broncos' "Plan B" after Cousins, but he does believe Denver is interested in Keenum. There's a connection in Denver, with Gary Kubiak as senior personnel advisor to GM John Elway. Kubiak gave Keenum his NFL start with the Texans and spoke highly of Keenum in January. Keenum could land $16-20 million per year.
Mar 7 - 11:56 AM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports the Vikings are not expected to place the franchise tag on Case Keenum.

Interestingly, this report comes just hours after NFL.com's Gil Brandt reported the Vikings and free agent Kirk Cousins have mutual interest. Of course, the Vikings could still bring back Keenum on a long-term deal, but it looks like they are leaving their options open heading into free agency. Minnesota has around $55 million in cap space.
Feb 26 - 12:22 PM

New Vikings OC John DeFilippo said his offensive system is "flexible."

Talking about Minnesota's quarterback options, DeFilippo said he will adapt his offense to whatever happens at the position. "I spend a lot of time on really getting to know what our players do well so we can put them in the best position to succeed," DeFilippo said. "We’ll never try to ask our players to do something he can’t do well." The coordinator had good things to say about both Case Keenum and Sam Bradford, but he kept his cards close to the vest. The Vikings are also expected to be interested in Kirk Cousins.
Feb 22 - 9:31 AM

According to Charley Walters of the St. Paul Pioneer Press, free agent Case Keenum "still seems to be the favorite" to return as the Vikings' starting quarterback in 2018.

Based on his comments, OC John DeFilippo seems to prefer an "athletic quarterback with ability to extend plays." Keenum and Kirk Cousins both fit that profile, though Keenum would obviously come at a much cheaper cost. Walters feels it would be "out of character" for the Vikings to get into a bidding war and expects Cousins to sign wherever he can get the most money. Minnesota blocked QBs coach Kevin Stefanski from joining Pat Shurmur in New York, which could be a sign the Vikings would like to keep the status quo by retaining Keenum.
Feb 18 - 10:16 AM

Vikings coach Mike Zimmer would not commit to re-signing Case Keenum Tuesday at his year-end press conference.

When asked if Keenum deserved to be the team's starter next year, all Zimmer could muster was, "We're going to work through the process." Keenum struggled against the Eagles in Sunday's NFC Championship but was solid throughout the year, finishing second in the league in completion percentage and seventh in quarterback rating. Of course, Keenum had never been a full-time starter before this year and turns 30 next month. Whether it's from the Vikings or another team, Keenum should get a huge raise this offseason after earning just $2 million in 2017.
Jan 23 - 3:01 PM

Impending free agent Case Keenum said the Vikings have given no indication whether they'd be interested in re-signing him.

Keenum thrived filling in for an injured Sam Bradford this year, even winning a playoff game in the process. While it's hard to envision the Vikings using the franchise tag on Keenum, it wouldn't be a surprise if they brought him back as a one or two-year stopgap before handing the reigns to a future franchise quarterback. Wherever he ends up, the 29-year-old (he turns 30 next month) should be in for a big raise after being one of the league's biggest bargains at $2 million in 2017.
Jan 22 - 1:55 PM

Case Keenum completed 28-of-48 passes for 271 yards, one touchdown, and two interceptions in the Vikings' NFC title game loss to Philadelphia.

Keenum opened the scoring with a first-drive 25-yard touchdown strike to Kyle Rudolph, which was of course followed by 38 unanswered Eagles points. When the game was still in doubt, Keenum’s biggest mistakes came on a first-quarter 50-yard pick six caused by DE Chris Long’s pass rush and a second-quarter lost fumble to set up Alshon Jeffery’s first TD. Keenum was still a steady hand this season, logging a 22:7 TD-to-INT ratio and completing 67.6% of his throws, assisted by elite receiver play and a high-percentage Pat Shurmur-coordinated offense. Shurmur is expected to be the next coach of the Giants, and 30-year-old Keenum is up for free agency. Despite his strong 2017, we’re not buying reports Keenum will get the franchise tag. With Sam Bradford and Teddy Bridgewater’s deals also up, GM Rick Spielman has many tough decisions ahead.
Jan 21 - 10:03 PM

According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, there is a "possibility" the Vikings will use the franchise tag on Case Keenum.

Minnesota has not negotiated "at all" with Keenum, which has surprisingly worked to his benefit as the quarterback's stock continues to rise. The Vikings haven't assigned the franchise tag since 2011, but if they decide to break that trend by using it on Keenum, the 29-year-old would earn a salary in the range of $23.6 million for 2018. That would be an enormous raise from Keenum's current $2 million salary. Even if it's not via the franchise tag, Rapoport expects Keenum to be back with the Vikings next season.
Jan 21 - 11:45 AM

Case Keenum completed 25-of-40 passes for 318 yards with one touchdown and one interception while rushing once for four yards Sunday in the Vikings’ Divisional Round win over the Saints.

He was sacked twice for a loss of 10 yards. Sunday marked Keenum's first postseason start and it was a game he'll never forget. Keenum was held in check for much of the game and committed a costly interception in the third quarter on a pass that never should have been thrown. Facing pressure from Cam Jordan, Keenum lobbed up an awkward pass that was easily intercepted by Marcus Williams. Keenum redeemed himself in heroic fashion by uncorking a 61-yard touchdown pass to Stefon Diggs on the final play of regulation as the Vikings walked off with a thrilling 29-24 victory. The Vikings are one win away from Super Bowl LII, which will be played on their home turf at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis. To get there, they'll have to knock off the top-seeded Eagles in next week's NFC title game.
Jan 14 - 8:17 PM

Case Keenum completed 21-of-29 passes for 189 yards and a touchdown in the Vikings' 23-10, Week 17 win over the Bears.

With the (easy) victory, the Vikings secured the No. 2 seed in the NFC. Keenum ends the regular season with a 22:7 TD:INT ratio. He threw only two picks over his final seven starts. If the top-seeded Eagles lose in the Divisional Round, the Vikings won't play a road playoff game, including the Super Bowl. No team in NFL history has played a Super Bowl in their home stadium.
Sun, Dec 31, 2017 05:05:00 PM

Case Keenum completed 14-of-25 passes for 139 yards and a touchdown in the Vikings' Week 16 win over the Packers.

On a chilly night in Green Bay, Keenum played his worst game in months. He missed too many throws and couldn’t execute in the red zone, forcing the Vikings to settle for three field goals. Keenum's lone touchdown pass went to Stefon Diggs in the first quarter. As Minnesota trounced a non-competitive Green Bay team 16-0, Keenum's volume was lesser than usual. The Vikings will close out the regular season against the Bears in Week 17.
Sat, Dec 23, 2017 11:30:00 PM

The Minneapolis Star-Tribune's Andrew Krammer doesn't expect the Vikings to use the franchise tag on contract-year QB Case Keenum.

Or Sam Bradford. Both Keenum and Bradford are scheduled to be free agents, while Teddy Bridgewater has one year left on his contract. Minnesota will very likely be interested in bringing Keenum back barring some catastrophic meltdown in the playoffs, but GM Rick Spielman hasn't used a franchise tag since 2011. After making just $2 million this season, Keenum will be in for a huge raise, whether it's back in Minny or elsewhere. He's No. 2 in completion percentage.
Fri, Dec 22, 2017 10:08:00 AM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Case Keenum
2Paxton Lynch
3Chad Kelly
RB1Devontae Booker
2De'Angelo Henderson
GLB1Devontae Booker
2De'Angelo Henderson
3RB1Devontae Booker
2De'Angelo Henderson
FB1Andy Janovich
WR11Demaryius Thomas
2Carlos Henderson
3Jordan Leslie
4Tim Patrick
5River Cracraft
WR21Emmanuel Sanders
2Jordan Taylor
3Isaiah McKenzie
4Kenny Bell
WR31Carlos Henderson
TE1Jeff Heuerman
2Austin Traylor
3Jake Butt
4Matt LaCosse
5Brian Parker
LT1Garett Bolles
2Cyrus Kouandjio
3Elijah Wilkinson
LG1Ronald Leary
2Max Garcia
3Jeremiah Poutasi
C1Matt Paradis
2Connor McGovern
3J.J. Dielman
RG1Connor McGovern
2Matt Paradis
RT1Jared Veldheer
2Menelik Watson
3Andreas Knappe
K1Brandon McManus
2Taylor Bertolet