The Washington Redskins may have an answer for their quarterback situation in the upcoming season.
Washington is in trade talks with the Denver Broncos about acquiring Case Keenum, according to NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport. Rapoport says Keenum was their top quarterback target.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 7, 2019
#Broncos QB Case Keenum was the #Redskins top QB target based on price (his deal has offsets) and experience. He’ll come in and have to battle with Colt McCoy when this gets done. Washington checking off a big item on their to-do list.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 7, 2019
Keenum became expendable after Denver acquired Joe Flacco in a trade with the Baltimore Ravens. He played well for Minnesota in 2017, throwing for 22 touchdowns and 7 interceptions while taking the team to the NFC Championship Game. However, his time in Denver never worked out as he passed for just 18 touchdowns and 15 interceptions while Denver went 6-10.
In Washington, Keenum would compete with Colt McCoy for the starting job. Alex Smith is expected to miss the 2019 season after suffering a horrific leg injury last season. McCoy was set to take Smith’s place until he suffered a fractured leg as well.
Even if Keenum lands in Washington, there are no guarantees that he beats out McCoy for the starting job or keeps it for the season.
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Case Keenum’s Denver Broncos future is a murky one, but the team appears willing to accommodate him as best they can.
Broncos GM John Elway said Wednesday the team would welcome Keenum back as Joe Flacco’s backup, though he would have to restructure his contract for that to work. Elway added that the Broncos would trade Keenum is that was his wish.
John Elway said he’d like to have Case Keemun back with the broncos. His contract would obviously have to be adjusted. Also if Keenum’s camp would like to seek out a trade, Elway said he would allow them to do so.
— James Palmer (@JamesPalmerTV) February 27, 2019
Keenum has an $18 million base salary in 2019, which is why Denver would insist on restructuring and negotiating that down if Keenum elects to stay.
Keenum had a lot of mixed emotions after Denver traded for Flacco. It’s unclear what he’ll opt to do next, but Elway has put the ball very much in his court.
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.
The Denver Broncos have found a new starting quarterback for 2019 by acquiring Joe Flacco in a trade, and it seems unlikely that Case Keenum will remain with the team in the wake of the deal.
Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports that the Broncos will be fielding trade offers for Keenum, whom they signed to a two-year, $36 million contract last offseason. If they cannot find a trade partner, Keenum will have to either take a massive pay cut or be released.
The #Broncos will now shop QB Case Keenum, who is guaranteed $7M in 2019, I’m told. If they can’t, it’s either a massive paycut or a straight up release. He’d be a top backup.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) February 13, 2019
The Broncos probably are not opposed to keeping Keenum as a backup to Flacco, but but the 30-year-old likely wants another opportunity to start. He earned himself a big free agent contract by having an excellent season with the Minnesota Vikings in 2017, and there are plenty of teams still in need of quarterback help.
Denver would have to eat a large chunk of money by cutting Keenum, but they don’t want to pay a backup quarterback $18 million. There was originally some thought that the financial ramifications could result in the Broncos sticking with Keenum as their starter, but that is obviously not going to happen.
Case Keenum did not appear to be the answer the Denver Broncos were looking for at quarterback last season, and president of football operations John Elway will likely explore new options at the position once again heading into 2019. That does not, however, mean Keenum has played his last snap in Denver.
Keenum signed a two-year, $36 million contract with the Broncos last offseason. He struggled to protect the football in his first year with the team, throwing 15 interceptions compared to just 18 touchdowns and fumbling a whopping eight times. Despite that, Nicki Jhabvala of The Athletic believes he is likely to remain Denver’s starter next season.
While there should be some solid veteran options available like Nick Foles, Joe Flacco and Teddy Bridgewater, the Broncos would have to eat $10 million if they cut or trade Keenum. Jhabvala also notes that Denver has hired a new offensive coaching staff led by offensive coordinator Rich Scangarello, so they could give Keenum another year in a new system.
“I see traits that we can help Case be the best that he can be,” Scangarello said recently when asked about Keenum. “That’s our job as an offense, the players around him, and to really empower him to play confident like he was in Minnesota. Continue to keep that going, and no doubt, help him be the best that he can be.”
Keenum never seemed like the long-term solution at quarterback for the Broncos, and the comments Elway made about the position recently don’t bode well for Keenum’s future in Denver. Still, the best option may be to draft a QB early and give Keenum one more shot.
The 2018 NFL regular season was filled with highs and lows from start to finish. New players established themselves as the future, older players have had their careers called into question, and the amount of change league-wide was unparalleled. It was exciting, frustrating and euphoric all in one. But for some players, it was also wildly disappointing. Who are the players who disappointed? Here’s a look at 10 players who under-performed in 2018.
10. Chris Boswell, K, Pittsburgh Steelers
A year ago, Chris Boswell was considered one of the best kickers in the league and was voted to his first ever Pro Bowl. In fact, he was so dominating in 2017 that he was named an honorary member of the Killer B’s alongside Ben Roethlisberger, Antonio Brown and Le’Veon Bell, and even received a four-year, $16.8 million extension from the Steelers. However, like each of the other Killer B’s, 2018 wasn’t nearly as kind to him. Boswell alone cost Pittsburgh at least two games with missed kicks, and it could be argued that he was the reason they ultimately missed the playoffs. Boswell finished the 2018 campaign having connected on just 65% of his field goal attempts (13-of-20), while missing five — yes, five — point after (PAT) attempts. It had gotten so bad late in the season that Pittsburgh considered signing a new kicker, cutting Bowsell loose and just eating the remainder of his contract.
The Denver Broncos are limping to the finish line of what has been another extremely disappointing season, and Vance Joseph is expected to lose his job sometime in the days or hours after Sunday’s game, but the team’s veterans insist the head coach has not lost the respect of his players.
While speaking with reporters after Monday night’s ugly loss to the Oakland Raiders, Broncos quarterback Case Keenum said he and his teammates are still playing hard for Joseph.
“We all want to play hard. We all want to win for coach Joseph,” Keenum said, per Kevin Patra of NFL.com. “We all love him. He’s an incredible human and a great football coach. I want to play hard for him, I want to play hard for everybody in that locker room.”
Star pass-rusher Von Miller echoed those sentiments.
“Like Case said, you want to win. You want to go out there and win every game,” Miller said. “It’s tough especially being apart of an organization that’s so used to elite play and get elite wins. It’s just tough man. That’s the story of the season. We play tough. We play every game tough. We play every game for our brothers and our coaches. We just came up short.”
The Broncos are 6-9 heading into their regular-season finale against the Los Angeles Chargers. While that record is technically an improvement over last year’s 5-11 campaign, John Elway and the team’s front office were optimistic heading into the season that Keenum would be the missing link needed to get the team back to the postseason. That obviously was not the case.
We’ve already heard rumblings about one high-profile name replacing Joseph, and it would be a shock if Denver decides to keep Joseph for another season.