The Denver Broncos were optimistic that they found a quarterback who could help them contend for a championship when they signed Case Keenum last offseason, but that did not work out. Despite Keenum’s struggles in 2018, many believed he would get another shot to prove himself next season.
Keenum thought the same.
In a recent appearance on “The Sports Spectrum” podcast, Keenum said he appreciated Broncos vice president of football operations John Elway calling him to inform him about the team acquiring Joe Flacco in a trade, but he was still stunned by the move.
“Elway called me that morning and we had a great conversation, which he didn’t have to do — I appreciated that. It was definitely a shock,” Keenum said, per Ryan O’Halloran of The Denver Post. “It was a surprise for (my wife and I) … For us, we’re definitely disappointed. It’s not something we wanted to happen. I know everybody is doing their job and John feels like it was a chance to help the Broncos out.”
Keenum said he is ready for the next chapter in his life and has no choice but to “roll with it.” He’s set to count $21 million against the salary cap next year, and the Broncos could save $11 million by cutting him. The 31-year-old said he does not know what the team plans to do.
“We don’t know what’s going to happen. This is still very fresh,” Keenum said. “A lot of these emotions we’re talking about are still going on and still happening. Who knows what’s going to be in store. I don’t, for sure.”
With Flacco now set to start in 2019, all signs point to Keenum not being on the roster next season. However, there are other teams in need of a starting quarterback, and he is just two years removed from an impressive season with the Minnesota Vikings. He could get another opportunity to prove himself.