Vikings should consider giving Case Keenum more cash

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Mike Glennon will make $16 million this year from the Bears, but he’s not playing — and when he was playing, he wasn’t playing well. Case Keenum will make $2 million this year from the Vikings, and he is playing. And — based on his 17-for-21 performance in Chicago last night — he’s playing well.

The Vikings should be taking note, and they should be formulating a plan for keeping Case around.

Keenum, like Sam Bradford and Teddy Bridgewater, is due to become a free agent in March. The Vikings should approach Keenum now with an offer that would give him more money for 2017, and that would keep him around for 2018.

Sure, he could wait to become a free agent, sign with a quarterback-needy team in March, and then be supplanted by a first-round rookie, like Glennon was this year in Chicago and like Keenum was last year with the Rams. Or he could get solid backup money to play for the Vikings for as long as they need him this season and be one of the options for 2018, which possibly could include Keenum becoming the starter.

41 responses to “Vikings should consider giving Case Keenum more cash

  1. Seems like it would be in both of their interests to wait.

    The Vikings would get a larger sample size to see what they actually have, and Keenum would have more time to prove his value to Minnesota and anyone else out there in the QB market.

    If he does light it up, I’m sure the Vikings will be happy to pay him the going rate. They don’t need a bargain QB, they need a good one.

  2. They should consider trading a 1st rounder and their wife receivers for Mike Glennon.

    As I understand it the Vikes love mediocre QBs and overpay for them whenever possible.

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  3. He very well could be their long term starter! He is getting better every time I watch him.
    If Minnesota would spend a couple years drafting one or two really good 1st or 2nd round linemen in front of him, he could be in the top 10 QB’s.
    If Minnesota cuts (hands of Stone) Treadwell or at least quits throwing to him, he could be even better. I just cannot see Minnesota keeping Latrell, he is much worse that Patterson ever was.
    But I suppose losing 5, possibly 6 1st round picks from the past 6+ years would be embarrassing for Spielman…
    Ponder, Patterson, Floyd Treadwell, Kalil, and possibly Bridgewater.

  4. I heard Florio discuss this at 9:40 this morning on the Paul Allen show. There is some logic to it.

    It would be a good thing for the Vikings to have a QB under contract for next year.

    The advantage for Case is he could get a pay raise this year and continue his career in Minnesota.

  5. The fact that the Barneys have no viable starting option under contract for 2018 in what is arguably the most important position on the team is laughable.
    And perfectly illustrates how inept and silly that front office has become.

  6. Keenum is a .500 qb, if we stick with him, I believe that’s what our record will be this season. Bradford should be put on IR for 8 weeks if still possible. I don’t want to put any more resources into him, we wasted a first round pick on him, IR and let him walk would be preferable. Keenum will get us to the bye, hopefully .500, after that the defenses get more difficult than Keenum has shown he can handle. I want to believe Bridgewater can come in and play at a level that can take us to the playoffs, however, that’s asking me to place the season in the hands of another qb with a bum left knee. I cannot do that! Our entire salary cap is designed for WIN NOW:
    Send Bradford to IR
    Keep Bridgewater inactive
    Sign Kaepernick and target the Skins game for his start. That’s a WIN NOW strategy, anything else….see ya on Draft Day!

  7. Peoples Republic of PFT says:
    October 10, 2017 at 6:43 pm
    Bring in Kaep, I’m sure he’ll take 15-20 million per year.
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    And after taking the money, he can then complain about being oppressed. Then head to Cuba and play there.
    It’s a win-win.
    (sarcasm)

  8. Every QB wants to play on a team with a defense like the Vikings have. There’s no need to constantly get into shootouts and we all know defense wins championships. The Vikings will have their pick of Teddy, Keenum and/or Bradford.

  9. Toykosandblaster says:
    They should consider trading a 1st rounder and their wife receivers for Mike Glenn on
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    I’d say go after your wife, but she/he is probably bulldog material. So not even worth a conditional late round pick

  10. Give me a break!! How much is Dak making for playing for the Cowboys? This is just stupid. One game does not an NFL QB make!!!! When oh when will these “experts” learn?????? I don’t think they ever will. They have too much time in front of a mic!!!

  11. Teddy’s contract will toll. He’s a Viking for at least another year. Case has been an above average backup so I have no issue with an extension for the right price. Bradford isn’t looking good, but if he gets healthy and plays as well as he did against NO we can always use the franchise tag. Vikings can wait and see who steps up by the end of the year. This week, Case is capable of beating the hapless defense in Green Bay. Our defense needs to hold Erin to less than 24 points. It will be done and Vikings will own first place in the North. SKOL!

  12. I tend to always be on guard when an “expert” uses a BAD example as a reason to do anything. I mean the Mike Glennon deal was a crazy risk from the very start. The QB is the most interdependent position on the team. And even the Chiefs were thinking they had to move on from their guy at first. But there is this thing called THIRD year in a really good system for a QB that can help if you have a team around them. Not everyone can have Aaron Rodgers. But making a case for Case K. after such a short test is just STUPID!!!

  13. Okay, let’s just calm down. This is the same guy who said we needed to give Bradford a long-term contract after the first game of the season and that we should trade for Adrian Peterson.

    Keenum is a very solid backup quarterback and we’ve seen enough of his career to know that solid backup quarterback is his ceiling. If he wants to stay a backup, he can stay here next year for a fair contract. He isn’t going to sign now when there’s a very good chance he could start the rest of the year and maybe get some Glennon money come March. What does he care if he signs with a team to be their starter and they draft a QB in the first round? At least he has the money.

  14. Let’s take a look at Keenum’s stats this year:

    @PIT – 65.9 rating, 9 points
    TB – 142.1 rating, 34 points
    DET – 76.9 rating, 7 points
    @CHI – 110.3 rating, 17 points in one half

    This is the definition of being a little bit up and down, which is why he is a backup quarterback. Let’s wait a few weeks before deciding if we want him to be an option as a starter next year.

  15. It’s a real shame over there. They’ve got one QB who was at the very least developing into a solid player, with the possibility of becoming a franchise QB for the team. Then you’ve got another who was FINALLY almost starting to live up to his draft status but has also been dealing with knee injuries for half of his career. Follow that up with a journeyman who has always been just good enough to tease a team into thinking he could be a viable starter but inevitably disappoints when given the chance.

    The whole team is filled with talent and even a QB like keenum could Dilfer his way into a playoff run, he has just never been dependable for more than a few games at a time. The kid has heart and decent enough talent, and deserves a decent payday but let’s not according like he is that last piece that will finally put the Vikings over the top.

  16. All I am taking from this is that the Viking’s front office is vastly more savvy than the Bear’s.

  17. wafflestomp says:
    October 10, 2017 at 6:44 pm

    The fact that the Barneys have no viable starting option under contract for 2018 in what is arguably the most important position on the team is laughable.
    And perfectly illustrates how inept and silly that front office has become.
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    You know what is silly? Wasting the talents of Rodgers by failing to build a supporting case around him that can get the team to more than 1 SB.

  18. Let’s see how Keenum plays against the Packers on Sunday before walking down this road. If the offense puts up less than 20 points, attention will turn to either Bridgewater or Bradford, and this suggestion will be discarded without further consideration,

  19. carloswlassiter says:
    October 10, 2017 at 8:13 pm

    You know what is silly? Wasting the talents of Rodgers by failing to build a supporting case around him that can get the team to more than 1 SB.
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    You know whats sillier? a team that has had the likes of John Randle Chris Doleman, one of the best offenses in the history of the league to judging another team by how many SBs they won… when there favorite team hasnt been to one since the ORIGINAL star wars was in theatres

  20. I agree with Florio. The fact that he is the only starting QB on the Vikings roster without durability concerns is important too. Even more so, the team likes playing for him- you see it in the huddle and from player’s comments. They respect Bradford, but Keenum has better chemistry with the team. If Keenum can continue to play like he has against the Bears and Bucs, he could become the starter this year, supplanting Bradford, who I wouldn’t be surprised if he’s not considered to start until after the Vikings bye-week.

    But at this point, if Keenum can continue his 100+ passer rating games, he’s the starter, no matter what happens with Bradford.

  21. The logic in this article says because the Bears were the only organization dumb enough to give Glennon near elite QB money, (they were the only team dumb enough to even want Glennon), the Vikings should overpay Keenum right now. Keenum may earn more money next season, but realism dictates, that should still be backup money.

  22. wafflestomp says:
    October 10, 2017 at 6:44 pm
    The fact that the Barneys have no viable starting option under contract for 2018 in what is arguably the most important position on the team is laughable.
    And perfectly illustrates how inept and silly that front office has become.
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    I don’t think you’ve been paying attention to what has been happening with the Vikings QB situation over the last three years. I also don’t think you know anything about managing a roster.

  23. IF Keenum would accept backup type money, then sure. But, the Vikings clearly have not seen enough from him, and zero consistency from him. Am I glad he was signed this year? Absolutely! But it’s way too early for this type of article. Plus, why would Keenum even accept that? I’m sure he’s very confident in himself. And, I’m sure his agent reviewed the Glennon contract. No reason to believe some crazy team won’t give him $12+ mil a year for 3 years if he continues to play above average. Crazy times in the NFL for QB’s.

  24. fnasty – Competent organizations have players on both sides of the ball. And the packers have a good offense mainly because of one player AR.
    Just saying.

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