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Case Keenum heads into offseason as starter, Rams will explore options

SANTA CLARA, CA - JANUARY 03:  Case Keenum #17 of the St. Louis Rams attempts a pass against the San Francisco 49ers during their NFL game at Levi's Stadium on January 3, 2016 in Santa Clara, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images) Getty Images

It’s too early to be naming starting quarterbacks for the 2016 season, but Case Keenum should feel pretty good about what he heard from Rams coach Jeff Fisher on Monday.

Fisher said, via Nick Wagoner of, that Keenum will head into the offseason as the team’s starter after replacing Nick Foles in that role during the regular season. Keenum is on track to be a restricted free agent, so the team will presumably be tendering him a contract if they aren’t able to agree on a deal before the deadline.

As for Foles, Fisher said the plan is to give him a chance to compete for the job but that the team will also take a look at outside options at the position once the offseason gets going. Foles is due a $6 million roster bonus in March and is set to make $1.75 million in base salary as part of the extension he signed with the Rams after being acquired in a trade for Sam Bradford. That’s a deal the Rams may regret now that they’ve seen Foles in action, but it isn’t one they can get out of without a big cap hit.

Whoever winds up under center and wherever the Rams are playing come September, the team needs to get more out of their passing offense than they have during the last three seasons. The Rams were last in the league in passing yards this year and their No. 18 ranking in 2012 is their best ranking since Fisher has been on the sideline.

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21 Responses to “Case Keenum heads into offseason as starter, Rams will explore options”
  1. tomtravis76 says: Jan 4, 2016 7:14 PM

    If the Rams are playing in LA next season, especially if another franchise is also occupying the market, they might want to make a bigger splash then Keenum. Stan might want to think about acting on the rumor that could have Gase bringing Peyton to any team that hires him as HC. Peyton Manning in LA for 2 seasons would have Roger investing in Kleenex.

  2. stevenwilliams2013 says: Jan 4, 2016 7:30 PM

    RG3 to the rescue

  3. crappygovernment says: Jan 4, 2016 7:35 PM

    Tebow could fill an LA stadium as LA Rams starting QB.

  4. pdude1 says: Jan 4, 2016 7:36 PM

    Great decision

  5. pdude1 says: Jan 4, 2016 7:38 PM

    Case has proved that
    He has arrived by winning three games and loosing two by missed field goals.

  6. pdude1 says: Jan 4, 2016 7:39 PM

    Only qb who has won in Seattle.

  7. pdude1 says: Jan 4, 2016 7:41 PM

    Case has arrived. Great decision.

  8. mrbigass says: Jan 4, 2016 7:59 PM

    Really happy to see Case do well. Wish he had matured while with the Texans and we’d have a good young QB…..

  9. steves11 says: Jan 4, 2016 8:10 PM

    Maybe the Eagles want Foles back as Sam Bradford’s backup? Mark Sanchez may have played his way out of town with his performance in the 3 games that he played this year.

  10. nflgtcfl says: Jan 4, 2016 8:14 PM

    Foles is gone. Odd really, he had that massive season in Philly and fell out of favor.

    Everyone blamed Chip but something ain’t quite right with Foles.

  11. frankbroughtonbelicheck says: Jan 4, 2016 8:23 PM

    And this is the franchise the league is considering putting in L.A? With this qb? Excuse me while I laugh uncontrollably.

  12. sparty0n says: Jan 4, 2016 8:32 PM

    Conner Cook to the Rams in the first.

  13. cgsuddeath says: Jan 4, 2016 8:33 PM

    frankbroughtonbelicheck says:
    Jan 4, 2016 8:23 PM

    And this is the franchise the league is considering putting in L.A? With this qb? Excuse me while I laugh uncontrollabably
    What’s really worth a laugh is you being a patriot have no clue about the Rams and are probably one of the who thought the Rams should have picked of Foles in the first place.

  14. ramfanmatt says: Jan 4, 2016 9:04 PM

    It sucks being a Rams fan. If they are going to go into next year with Keenum and Foles competing, then we are screwed. The offense scored less than 20 points in 4 of Keenum’s 5 starts.

  15. liftheavyorliftheavy says: Jan 4, 2016 9:14 PM

    Wow — let’s hope the Rams don’t saddle #30 with mediocre (at best) QBs for the duration as they did with #39.

  16. bryantrulen says: Jan 4, 2016 9:18 PM

    Foles is Done

  17. ferragamo420 says: Jan 4, 2016 9:19 PM

    Before anyone knock case, Can you imagine if we had an actual Fricking tight end who could catch a ball?! A wr, not named Austin or Britt who could catch a Fricking pass?! Ram fan!!

  18. PhD says: Jan 4, 2016 9:42 PM

    And for yet another season Fisher gets a pass. This guy is so over rated and yesterday. The owners are obviously clueless. Please move this carnival to LA where it belongs.

  19. garyhd01 says: Jan 4, 2016 11:39 PM

    the rams also have picks 15, 44, and 46. as they own phillys 2nd rounder. between free agency and the draft maybe the rams can catch lightning in a bottle, i actually like lance kendricks and my guess is cook is gone the rams qbs continued to pass it to hands of stone cook if he is gone kendricks will get more looks!! heres hoping the rams can parlay their 3 top 50 picks into 2 players that can contribute especially if one is a qb!!

  20. earlcampbellrules says: Jan 5, 2016 12:22 AM

    sparty0n says:
    Jan 4, 2016 8:32 PM
    Conner Cook to the Rams in the first.

    Connor Cook is awful. I watched him play 4 or 5 times this year and all he did was under throw receivers and exhibit a very subpar arm. Much like he did vs Bama. He’s not a very impressive athlete either. Overrated and under talented.

    So, yeah, the Rams will probably draft him.

  21. firecashmannow says: Jan 7, 2016 7:11 AM

    Case Keenum isn’t the worst QB in the NFL, but he isn’t the answer to be the Rams starting QB in 2016, though they’d be better off with him than Nick Foles. Personally, I think they should take QB with the 15th pick of the draft such as Connor Cook, and make him the starter, and could be if he would outperform Foles and Keenum.

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