Los Angeles has been waiting more than 20 years for an NFL team to return. They may be waiting a little longer for an NFL quarterback to return.
G.M. Les Snead, appearing Monday on NFL Network, said that Case Keenum will be the starting quarterback “at the beginning of the season.”
That hardly means Keenum will be the starter when the season ends, or when the month of September ends. It also creates a potentially awkward situation in the quarterback room, where Keenum will make roughly $3 million in 2016 and backup Nick Foles will make $7.75 million.
Chances are Foles will play at some point this year, due either to injury or ineffectiveness from Keenum. There’s also a chance that the late-March commitment to Keenum won’t translate into Keenum actually being the Week One starter, especially if the official position that Keenum is the guy makes it easier to snag a rookie they secretly covet in the middle of round one.
UPDATE 12:41 p.m. ET: The Rams point out to PFT that Snead didn’t say that Keenum will be the starter “at the beginning of the season,” but that he will be the starter at the commencement of Organized Team Activities. Which is a slight difference. To say the least.