When he blew up for the Minnesota Vikings last season, it appeared as if Case Keenum had finally arrived. But the Vikings did not see him as a long-term solution and let him walk. After the season he had, Keenum was bound to land somewhere—and he did, the Denver Broncos.
If he has anything to say about it, that is where he’ll finish his career, via ESPN’s Jeff Legwold:
“First of all, we want to be here long term. My wife and I love it already. We want to play the rest of my career here; there’s no doubt about that. I think the two years is an opportunity for me to continue to prove myself as a starting quarterback, as a franchise quarterback and as someone that a team and a franchise can count on.”
After watching Keenum complete 67.6 percent of his passes for 3,547 yards and 22 touchdowns (with seven interceptions), the Broncos were sold on him enough to offer a two-year, $36 million deal. It gives the Broncos a chance to see if Keenum is going to continue to excel. If he does, they can sign him to an extension in 2019.
While it doesn’t give Keenum the kind of long-term security that players typically like, it allows him to get paid. His signing bonus alone ($6 million) almost matches his career earnings to date ($7.15 million).
Some players would be bothered by the length of the contract, but Keenum appears to be fine with it, via ESPN:
“I think [the two-year deal] made the most sense for my agents and I, and the deal they put together was great,” Keenum said.
It will be interesting to see if the Broncos still take a quarterback with the No. 5 pick in the draft or take care of another need.