Report: Vikings not expected to use franchise tag on Case Keenum

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Case Keenum stepped into the Vikings lineup in Week Two and his run as the starting quarterback lasted all the way until the team’s loss to the Eagles in the NFC Championship Game, which left Keenum in pretty good position to land a payday as an impending free agent this offseason.

That payday may not be coming from the Vikings. Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports that the Vikings are not expected to use the franchise tag on Keenum before the March 6 deadline to do so.

That doesn’t mean Keenum will be leaving Minnesota. He could still sign a deal to remain with the Vikings for a second season, but it certainly raises the likelihood that he’ll be hearing from other teams once the “legal tampering” window opens a couple of days before the league year starts on March 14.

It also will fuel speculation that Minnesota might be making a run at signing Kirk Cousins as a free agent in hopes that he can help the team make the final steps that eluded them in their quest for a Super Bowl this season.

61 responses to “Report: Vikings not expected to use franchise tag on Case Keenum

  1. Good because there is no way he’s worth 24 mil for a season. If you are willing to do that then just go for it & pay a few mil more and take a shot for Brees or Cousins.

  2. As they shouldn’t! His talents are not special. Just because the Vikes went 13-3 does not mean they did it with stellar QB play. Rex Grossman “took” the Bears to a Super Bowl…..because of a nasty D and great special teams. Let Keenum walk for an over inflated paycheck from another team. Try to get Cousins, within reason. He has Bradfords arm with Keenums health.

  3. Once again, the defense let the Eagles score at will. I agree that the QB position is critical, but this is not what stopped thier championship run. Something was obviously wrong with the defense, something they probably covered up and compensated for all year. But the Eagles exposed some sort of weakness against quick timing throws. Now other teams see how you beat them. And the O-line statistically was very good but in reality CK made countless throws while running for his life all season long. It was this passing that set up the running game, not dominant O-line play. Let’s not pretend that Cousins or any other QB can fix these things. The good news Is I believe Zimmer can.

  4. Case is a great guy with some serious moxie and guts. He didn’t have a good game in Philly, but then again, neither did the other 52 players or ANY of the coaching staff.. That game was a complete disaster from top to bottom and the Vikings fans forget what got them there and the love fest for Case after winning 13 games off the bench and putting that Miracle ball where only Diggs could catch it. Not saying he warrants a big contract, but the dude has taken a lot of heat for his team’s inexcusable showing (or lack of) in the most important game in the teams history. I wish the best for Case and his family, he’s a class act.

  5. IMO, Vikings are one guy away from the SB. If they get Cousins they’ll be a contender for the next 2-3 years. Better take advantage now while the window is still open because it closes very fast.

  6. The Vikings are in a tough spot. I like Keenum, but I might be tempted to draft a QB. Bradford is too fragile. Teddy isn’t elite, but the Vikings seem to be good enough to do well without an elite QB. I think I’d try to get someone like Bradford, but more durable.

  7. Would surprise me if he ends up in Arizona or Cleveland ….. if Minnesota can’t land Cousins I can see them signing him to a three year deal once some contracts fall into place. I don’t know what the issue is with Zimmer and Keenum but there was that “Not my Guy” stuff

  8. anyone who pays cousins more than 20 mill a year is an idiot…no shows in must win games against garbage teams…numbers inflated form garbage time playing…have fun with all that

  9. Keenum did a decent job when called upon but I don’t think enough credit to his success is being given to Thielen and Diggs, more so than his skill at QB. Which may be the reason the coaches feel that another QB can do the same or better than he did. I hope their right.

  10. Don’t know why the Vikings would not want to keep Keenum? He had a great season, and was not the reason that they lost the NFC Championship game. And who knows what kind of contract he would accept from the Vikings until a real negotiation begins?
    Keenum seems to excel in proving doubters wrong. I think that if Minnesota goes in another direction, Keenum will prove them wrong, too.

  11. if they tag Keenum, they would be out of the running for Sam Bradford, Teddy Bridgewater, Drew Brees and Kirk Cousins. It means they would be stuck with Keenum for 2018. If Keenum had won the Super Bowl for them, they would probably have franchise tagged him.

  12. Not sure why everyone is convinced that Kirk Cousins is such an upgrade over Keenum. I think YES, he has a better arm and has shown ability to really light it up in streaks, but please tell me when he has ever won 13 games at QB?

    Let’s not act like Cousins being superior is such a FACT.

    Career winning % – 26-30-1

    YAWN….

  13. Once you start paying the qb that money you will lose other players so the qb must be able to make up for those and be the man in crunch time. Not seeing where Cousins has done that. Yards and tds can be misleading but look at wins and losses, he’s career .500. Just don’t get the love affair with him.

  14. Rapoport is a pretty reliable source, so this is something. The safe bet is resigning Case, but perhaps Minnesota craves having a ‘Rodgers type’ figure at QB. Who doesn’t? Seeing Cousins in purple would be exciting but the posts made by Redskins fans claiming he’s fool’s gold suggest someone is way off. If the Vikes make the wrong choice here I’d say fewer would be critical of them keeping a QB that led the team to its best season in 10 years. 30 million s year means a star defensive player (or two) walks. Can’t see the Vikes doing that. My money is still on Keenum.

  15. 2ruefan says:
    February 26, 2018 at 1:08 pm
    Not sure why everyone is convinced that Kirk Cousins is such an upgrade over Keenum. I think YES, he has a better arm and has shown ability to really light it up in streaks, but please tell me when he has ever won 13 games at QB?

    Let’s not act like Cousins being superior is such a FACT.

    Career winning % – 26-30-1

    YAWN….

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    I’m a Keenum guy but Cousins is an upgrade. Stats don’t tell the entire story. Who has Cousins had to throw to? Crowder? Garçon? Reed (when he is actually healthy, which is about 25% of the time)? And Cousins still puts up top 10 QB passing stats. Imagine him throwing to Diggs, Thielen, Rudolph and Cook out of the backfield.

  16. The org is in a bad place.

    If they keep Keenum and he doesn’t do more than he already did – fan base screams that they should have spent the $$ on Cousins.

    If they get and overpay Cousins – he flames out which is very likely, again the fan base screams that they had a guy that got them to the NFCCG and should have spent money around him to make him (Keenum) better.

  17. How many times did the Dolphins end up beating the Patriots after that one game they went Wild cat formation on the Patriots? It Didn’t mean the Pats were exposed.Good coaches adjust and it never happened again.

    Because the Eagles did it one time, I seen it as an anomaly.Vikings were too good all year, and creit to the Eagles, but it wasn’t something they did all year against defenses half as good as Minnesota.

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    ragnarthegreat says:
    February 26, 2018 at 12:43 pm
    Once again, the defense let the Eagles score at will. I agree that the QB position is critical, but this is not what stopped thier championship run. Something was obviously wrong with the defense, something they probably covered up and compensated for all year.

  18. cantwealljustgetalong69 says:
    February 26, 2018 at 12:40 pm
    Does this mean we won’t be getting Aaron Rodgers in FA???

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    For one Rodgers is not. FA. But if he was all 32 would be trying to get him, yes even the pats.

  19. screamingyellowzonkers says:
    February 26, 2018 at 1:14 pm
    Forget Cousins. And good move to not tag Keenum.
    Sign Keenum to 10 Million a year with a 10 million bonus upon winning a super bowl.
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    That’s a great idea! Of course, it’s also a really stupid idea if you think Case is going to sign for $10 mil a season.

  20. Age 29. 4,093 yards, 27 TD’s, 13 Int’s, Sacked 41 times, Lost 5 fumbles.
    Age 30. 3,547 yards, 22 TD’s, 7 Ints, Sacked 22 times, Lost 1 fumble.

    One of these is Keenum. One of these is Cousins. Now, tell me the huge difference where people think you spend $28 million on Cousins but not $20 mil on Keenum. Not a huge difference between the two. Or any difference.

  21. Sign one fast before the elites like Brees, Rodgers, and Ryan get $30 million plus per year and drive up the price of a quarterback! Otherwise you’ll be looking at $25 million plus for an average quarterback!

  22. Yep if you need to pay that kind of money give it to Cousins, not Keenum.


    they are equally talented, case at least has a playoff victory.

  23. I’m with hardheadedrb. Keenum didn’t take the Vikes to the NFCCG – but he did prove that he is a capable QB1 for a league starved for QB1 talent.

  24. People forget that Zimmer was ready to pull Keenum and insert Bridgewater when Teddy was eligible to return to the active roster. Keenum started playing better and the team kept winning, so it became impossible to take him out. Then Keenum threw the mind-numbing interception against the Saints that let them back in the game and threw the pick six against the Eagles that changed everything. Keenum will experience a regression to his mean level of performance next year and Zimmer doesn’t want to live through that. This is his big chance to get the quarterback he always wanted back in there and he isn’t going to let some other team benefit from the work Teddy and the coaches have put in on his development and rehab.

  25. Less likely that the Vikings will break the bank for Cousins… more likely they will extend Bridgewater to a mid-tier contract, bring in a low priced veteran as #2, and continue to develop Sloter.

    That will probably save the Vikings $10m a season than if they sign Cousins – money that can be used to either extend Barr or to bring in a free agent 3 technique to lineup next to Joseph.

  26. It’s not unprecedented for a QB to have the light come on after a few seasons in the league and excel through his 30s (Brees). Or for a lightly regarded draft prospect to play at a level warranting a huge contract (Cousins). I’m not sure why people think Case is definitely not worth a long term deal of reasonably large size because of those things. After all, if we were still stuck on the draft and measurables, RG3 would still have Cousins riding pine.

    Yes, the Vikes had a good D last year but still got one of the best QB seasons in franchise history from Case in 2017. Give him an offseason to work with his WRs and run it back next year. Re-sign him.

  27. blowfishes says:
    February 26, 2018 at 3:07 pm
    Less likely that the Vikings will break the bank for Cousins… more likely they will extend Bridgewater to a mid-tier contract, bring in a low priced veteran as #2, and continue to develop Sloter.

    That will probably save the Vikings $10m a season than if they sign Cousins – money that can be used to either extend Barr or to bring in a free agent 3 technique to lineup next to Joseph.
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    The Vikings have a ton of cap space, and Bradford’s $18 mil comes off the books. They can sign an expensive QB and other free agents as well.

  28. In Teddy We Trust says:
    February 26, 2018 at 3:06 pm
    People forget that Zimmer was ready to pull Keenum and insert Bridgewater when Teddy was eligible to return to the active roster.
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    Except, I can’t forget what isn’t true. Just because these very same comment sections state Keenum was about to be replaced doesn’t make it true. Oh, and the INT against the Eagles? Keenum was hit as he threw it. That’s on the O-line.

  29. I sign Case. Why? He simply moves in the pocket and avoids sacks better than Cousins. Same age. Mostly same skill set. Case is cheaper and will win you more games. And….wins. Call it what you like, but what has Cousins ever done to lead his team to many wins? Case was 12-3 without #1 RB most of the season. Case single handedly kept people from talking about the Vikings O-line.

  30. This news does not necessarily mean that Keenum is gone. Without using the tag, the Vikings now keep their options open. I doubt any other team will pay Keenum $23 million per year either and if they do, they can have him.

  31. I think Keenum is pretty close to Cousins, accuracy pretty close and turns it over less. However his deep ball isnt as good and Cousins puts up better numbers, maybe because he takes more risks. I think the big thing Cousins has going for him is several years where he played really good football, where Keenum has had one good year. If I were a cap-tight team like Arizona or Denver Keenum is the clear choice, but if you are sitting on a massive pile of cash like the Jets or Cleveland, might as well spend the $ on Cousins.

  32. Team Purple should keep Keenum since both Sam Bradford and Teddy Bridgewater are now “Damaged Goods”– well, Bradford has been such for the past 3-4 years or so.

  33. The experience Keenum gained this past season should put him ahead of Bradford or Bridgewater. The next Viking QB will likely come from this group. The fans don’t seem very impressed with any of them, with the possible exception of Bridgewater, being held together by pure fantasy. It should be interesting. Cousins doesn’t appear to be better than any of these three. It’s a dice roll.

  34. Watch for Foles to the Vikings (2018 1st and a 2019 second)and then draft a QB in the 2nd.
    Then they can play Foles with his super cheap $7 million per year salary and develop a young QB in Flipps system.

    The Vikings don’t need to add very many pieces.

  35. Omnicron204 says:
    February 26, 2018 at 4:28 pm
    Watch for Foles to the Vikings (2018 1st and a 2019 second)and then draft a QB in the 2nd.
    Then they can play Foles with his super cheap $7 million per year salary and develop a young QB in Flipps system.

    The Vikings don’t need to add very many pieces.
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    A first and second round draft pick for a plug in QB that played 3 good games at the end of the year? Yikes. I hope your real name isn’t Spielman.

  36. Would have been shocked if the Vikes tagged Kennum. Nice player, but not top 5. If the playoffs showed anything, it’s that the deepest issue was a lack of creativity and game planning at OC. Well, they’ve got that now with Flip. If Zimmer gives him the keys, the Vikes will be a force regardless of who’s behind center.

  37. Omnicron204 says:
    February 26, 2018 at 4:28 pm
    Watch for Foles to the Vikings (2018 1st and a 2019 second)and then draft a QB in the 2nd.
    Then they can play Foles with his super cheap $7 million per year salary and develop a young QB in Flipps system.

    The Vikings don’t need to add very many pieces

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    Well that’s a better deal than what pack fan was saying about Hundley being worth two first found picks last year.

  38. Is Cousins an upgrade over Keenum? I think the answer has to be yes, he has a better arm and is more of a passing threat than Keenum. Would Cousin fit the offense like Keenum did? Is DeFilippo going to run an offensive scheme that fits Cousins style? Will the Vikings continue to address / upgrade the OL and hence the running game? Will they get a power back for short yardage to complement Cook? Who will be the #3 WR? So many questions, but signing Cousins at QB would answer the biggest question of all and if the difference is $6-8m/year isn’t that worth the “upgrade”?

  39. Who knows if Cousins is going to make this offense click?

    Keenum is not the most talented Free Agent QB, but he certainly made that offense click. Don’t tag him. Just pay the man!

  40. Keenum did a outstanding job as a backup last year, thrust into the starting role & one of the finest jobs I’ve seen. Concerning facts is that he began a decline in the last quarter of the season and bled over to the playoffs. WR’s leading the league in contested catches means two things. Less YAC’s and having to wait for the ball. His long ball hangs, he throws to the open receiver rather than anticipating and doesn’t have the arm strength on deep balls as evidence in the under throws to Thielan and Diggs several times when they had two to three steps on the secondary. In his defense, he is very creative, buys time, good at improvising and throwing on the run.Comparing Cousins and Keenum stats from last year is like comparing the Vikes 2016 OL to 2017. Cousins OL was injury plagued and even had ex-Viking Clemmings starting at times, along with WRs who consistently dropped balls(see Vikes vs. Skins 2017) and no running game. Cousins is mobile, can throw every throw with anticipation and accuracy. Plug him in to the Viking O, with Coach Flip schemes designed for him, skilled position players in Cook, Thielan, Diggs and Rudolph along with a top ten OL that will go through another upgrade this off season. You will see an increase in explosive plays. The point is, Cousins has the physical tool sets to be the franchise QB and can play even better, remember he sat behind RGIII for a time there, so he hasn’t really been beaten down. Keenum can start for several QB needy teams and be the stop gap for a team that drafts a QB this year, but just can’t see him doing any better and it looks like he hit his ceiling on what his arm strength will allow him to do.

  41. I like how some of the Vikings fans are applauding this move because keenum wasn’t worth top 5 money, but have no issue paying “Kurt” cousins 30 million a year with 100 million guaranteed, a player who has never been a top 5 qb in the league.

  42. jackedupboonie says:
    February 26, 2018 at 6:43 pm
    Vikings blew their chance. Now it’s back to finishing 2nd or 3rd in their division and complaining about AAron

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    Barr will just take him out again. The guy is glass

  43. I’m not really sure that Keenum even wants to stay in Minnesota. In the middle of his winning streak, his own head coach was openly wondering about playing Teddy, all 14 TD’s of him. Nothing against Teddy but when has he struck fear in the hearts of NFL defenses?
    Keenum will get his pay day, that’s for sure. Better yet, he gets to pick his own team and I’m sure he hasn;t forgotten about Zimmer’s knife in his back.

  44. Keenum made a bad oline look good & the WR had career years.

    I cant blame him for that Philly game. The blocking scheme SUCKED.

    I get that the franchise tag is an insane amount of $.

    Why not sign Keenum for 4 years at a better rate w a bunch of $ upfront.

  45. Some of you are pretty funny.

    You guys are so unwilling to take a flyer on Foles at $7 million per year because it would theoretically cost this year’s 1st LATE round pick and a second next year (or something like that). All for a guy that had “two good games”

    Let’s look at this another way shall we?
    Any other QB would cost us $10 million more a year (roughly since Bortles set the market). I would much rather that money to help build depth.

    The new qb would have to learn Flipps offense ad opposed to Foles coming in and help teach the ins and outs of the new offensive scheme.

    What player would you draft with the 1st round draft pick that would help this team more than a QB that has PROVEN he could win big games in the offensive coordinators scheme?

    Some Vikings fans just want to waste $18 million plus on QBs that are just not proven (obviously Brees is excluded and would ask for something like $28 million).

    Give me the money paired with a QB that has shown he can get the job done.

  46. I like this move. It isn’t a knock on Keenum. The Vikings would be stupid to pull a Washington and franchise him. Case isn’t worth the $24 million a year price tag. They can still sign him to a more franchise friendly contract later if they want. Or they can continue the process and find their QB for 2018.

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