Case Keenum Drew Interest From Bills, Bears

The rise of Case Keenum has been one of the biggest surprises in the NFL this season. Vaulted into the Vikings’ starting quarterback job out of necessity, Keenum outperformed some of the league’s biggest names and guided the Vikings to a 13-3 record. It turns out that Keenum could have been another team’s diamond in the rough instead. "<strong

The Bears and Bills both expressed interest in the QB, Dan Pompei of Bleacher Report writes. However, Keenum says that he chose the Vikings because they showed a greater desire to sign him.

The Bills’ previous interest in Keenum is particularly notable as they still face uncertainty under center. Tyrod Taylor is due a $6MM roster bonus on Day 3 of the 2018 league year and stands to earn $10MM in base salary. Now that offensive coordinator Rick Dennison has been shown the door, the Bills could further overhaul the offense by moving on from the 28-year-old (29 in August).

Meanwhile, some believe that Keenum will arrive with Pat Shurmur as a package deal if Shurmur gets a head coaching job. That could appeal to both the Cardinals and Giants.

In 2017, Keenum ranked as Pro Football Focus’ No. 9 QB, slotting him ahead of Jimmy Garoppolo, Aaron Rodgers, Marcus Mariota, Matthew Stafford, and Kirk Cousins. Keenum’s 67.6% completion percentage was the second-highest in the NFL, trailing only Drew Brees.

Keenum will look to continue his improbable success story with a win over the Saints on Sunday in the divisional round.

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13 comments on “Case Keenum Drew Interest From Bills, Bears

  1. Rondon

    Keenum didn’t get “good” overnight. I doubt he would’ve made nearly as much progress with the Bills or Bears. Shurmur made the most of Keenum’s strengths. He also has a much bigger offensive arsenal there than he would’ve in the other 2 spots.

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  2. Thronson5

    I think Shurmur goes to the Cardinals and takes Keenum with him. Can’t see the fit with the Giants since they have Manning and I’m sure they’ll draft a qb. I’m sure Cardinals will take a qb in the draft as well, they’d be stupid not to but I don’t think it becomes as much of a pressing need if you land Keenum, you can take the best player available with the first pick and if that doesn’t happen to be a q.v.

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    • Thronson5

      *doesnt happen to be a qb then you can grab one if the 2nd or 3rd round.

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      • Thronson5

        I think it works. Might even convince Larry Fitzgerald to come back one more year as well with a good Offensive minded coach and good QB.

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  3. Ezra77

    He’s gonna be like Ryan Fitz and watch the Vikings mess up and trade teddy

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    • bradthebluefish
      bradthebluefish

      Except Ryan Fitzpatrick can’t handle the pressure and thus throws picks at the worst possible moments – where the game is on the line but he can still win it.

      Case Keenum isn’t like that. He’s competent and plays fairly conservative.

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  4. nentwigs

    All 3 Vikngs quarterbacks are free agents after this season

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    • bradthebluefish
      bradthebluefish

      Considering how injury prone Sam Bradford is and Teddy Bridgewater’s knee issues and years of absence, I would easily go with Case Keenum.

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  5. IBFarr

    Keenum has a good offensive line unlike the Bears. I don’t think he would have such a great season if he didn’t have the great defense too.

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