So what is Case Keenum getting in Denver?

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The first domino has fallen in the Great Quarterback Chase of 2018. To the chagrin of Von Miller.

Case Keenum, not Kirk Cousins, will become the next quarterback of the Denver Broncos. And Case Keenum will be compensated accordingly, given that he’s not Kirk Cousins.

A source with knowledge of the dynamics of the process guesses that Keenum’s deal will land in the range of $18 million to $20 million per year. Mike Klis of says it’s expected to be a short-term deal.

The dollars may seem steep on the surface, but consider three points. First, Keenum played great last year, with a couple of isolated exceptions (including, you know, the NFC Championship game). Second, Blake Bortles sort of set the bar with his $18 million per year deal. Third, most above-average quarterbacks are getting more than $20 million per year.

Of course, the guess could end up being high, based on two other points. First, the numbers weren’t leaked with the report of the deal, which implies that the numbers may not be worth bragging about. Second, Broncos G.M. John Elway, who feels helpless during the season because he can’t get on the field, thrives for the competition at the negotiating table.

Regardless, the Broncos have a new quarterback. While we may not know many of the details from now, one thing is certain: He won’t be wearing No. 7 in Denver.

39 responses to “So what is Case Keenum getting in Denver?

  1. .
    The long knives were out for Elway in Denver. He had to make a move to steady the ship at QB. Now he just has to rebuild both lines.

    The AFC West QB lineup has changed considerably. It now consists of Keenum, Rivers, Carr and Mahomes which is a formidable quartet.

  2. Case is great, but I think his price is why MN didn’t bring him back. They aren’t convinved he can carry a team, and he may be a flash in the pan and don’t want to overpay for him. In this market no matter what QB you get…you will over pay… they figure might as well over pay for Brees or Cousin’s.

  3. I see Elway just gave up and signed the cheapest QB
    with a name. It’s ok, I don’t like Denver anyway
    and I would prefer they go in the toilet.

  4. He is getting to much. Keenum is a one year flash in the pan. The broncos I hope are still planning on drafting a QB in the first round of the draft. They may trade down, but they need a QB in this draft. If they think they just signed their long term answer then they are making a huge mistake.

  5. good deal for a QB of this grade….. if it is 3 years at 18 million with say…30 guaranteed… well that is better than were they were last year….

  6. Too bad it’s 2 years too late . Keenum is an upgrade over what the Broncos have at QB but the problem is the rest of the team has taken a major step back in talent from 2 years ago so I don’t think Keenum is going to make a big impact in the win column .

  7. So with that factor out of the Vikings consideration, and with reports Brees has decided to stay in NO (not yet confirmed so grain of salt), thepath in Minnesota is a bit clearer with fewer branches in it.

  8. If he plays like he did last year you will have a good QB, he saved my team (vikes) from giving up a lot of sacks with his elusiveness, like he had eyes in the back of his head. Good Luck Case, thanks for a great year last year.

  9. Watching these mediocre QBs get these disgusting contracts makes one wonder about the sustainability of the NFL.

  10. Even with a mediocre QB Denver becomes dangerous again and that is what they got. Actually Case is slightly above mediocre which makes them even more dangerous.

  11. And the disrespect for Case Keenum in some quarters rolls on. He was a good QB before last year, when he finally got the chance to be a starter in a good situation. And he had a lot of help in getting blown out by the Eagles in the NFC Championship game. Bad game planning and the unwillingness/inability to make in-game adjustments were much more to blame for the loss than was Keenum.
    Keenum is only 29, and has a chance to be a very good,, productive QB in Denver for a long time.

  12. The Vikings were one fluke play from losing to the Saints and Keenum looked awful.

    Way to over pay, Mr Ed.

  13. Keenum is as good as Cousins. They are basically identical in skill. Keenum might even be a little bit better choice, especially for the Vikings seeing as he knew the system and thrived in it. I will Laugh if Cousins ends up signing with the Jets.

  14. Last year was Keenum’s first time to really shine and he did. I think Denver made a solid move, because after last season clearly, they need to do more than just sign a QB and save cap space. People should really hold back on the negative posts until they are proven right.

  15. I can’t wait to look back at this deal in a few years. It’ll be interesting to see which QB is doing better, Keenum (bird in the hand for the Vikes), or Cousins (you gotta be kiddin’ me with all the hype). My bet is that Keenum outperforms, because unlike Cousins, he has heart. We’ll see. Bring on the 2018 season baby!!!

  16. I hope Keenum does well – good guy and played great last year. That’s a lot of dough though.

  17. Noodle arm Keenum will be exposed playing outdoors in Denver. Kaepernick would have been a better fit.

  18. ^^^^^ I agree. Out of the dome and in ice cold weather, he’ll be in trouble!

    GO RAIDERS!!!!!!

  19. yankeemofo says:

    March 13, 2018 at 8:58 am

    Watching these mediocre QBs get these disgusting contracts makes one wonder about the sustainability of the NFL.
    At least they are mediocre. Remember Jamarcus Russell??? $30 million guaranteed!

  20. codylaws says:
    March 13, 2018 at 8:19 am
    Good luck paying a guy who don’t see the full field and misses wide open receivers time to time. Lol
    Then why did you predict the Vikings would beat the Eagles? By multiple touchdowns?

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