What’s next for Case Keenum?
After two seasons in Minnesota and Denver getting to start the majority of his games, Keenum may be back to playing a backup role for some team.
This doesn’t mean he won’t have suitors on the trade market, though.
Keenum has to be self aware and realize to get another opportunity in the league, he’s likely going to have to take a pay reduction or re-structure his deal.
For that reason, the Broncos can trade his $18 million base salary to some team and that team would work to re-do the deal so they don’t have to pay that ridiculous figure.
The ideal situation for the Broncos would be to trade Keenum, leaving them with only $3 million in dead money. If Keenum is cut, the Broncos would have to pay him $10 million. He could easily get $10 million guaranteed from his next team if he restructures his deal to be a two-year pact worth maybe $20 million and $10 million guaranteed.
He’s not getting paid $18 million by anyone this year, including the Broncos.
If Keenum gets cut by the Broncos, teams wold be liable to low-ball him knowing he was getting paid $10 million by Denver still.
One favorable destination for Keenum? The Arizona Cardinals hired Kliff Kingsbury as their head coach this offseason, and Kingsbury knows Keenum dating back to their days together with the Houston Cougars.
Keenum could be a perfect backup to Josh Rosen in Arizona and a player the Cardinals would be familiar with all over their staff. Remember, Arizona just hired Vance Joseph to be their defensive coordinator as well.
If not there, Keenum could excel as a backup or even starter with the New York Giants, who are coached by Pat Shurmur. Keenum’s best NFL season came under Shurmur’s guidance in Minnesota in 2017.