Case Keenum was shocked by trade for Joe Flacco

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Many people were surprised by Denver’s decision to trade for quarterback Joe Flacco. None were more surprised than quarterback Case Keenum.

Via the Denver Post, Keenum explained on The Sports Spectrum podcast that he was shocked by the news.

“[G.M. John] Elway called me that morning and we had a great conversation, which he didn’t have to do — I appreciated that,” Keenum said on the podcast, with his wife next to him. “It was definitely a shock. It was a surprise for us. . . . For us, we’re definitely disappointed. It’s not something we wanted to happen. I know everybody is doing their job and John feels like it was a chance to help the Broncos out.”

It means that Keenum will be out of Denver, but it’s still not clear where he’s going to go.

“It’s really open-ended right now,” Keenum said. “We don’t know what’s going to happen. This is still very fresh. A lot of these emotions we’re talking about are still going on and still happening. Who knows what’s going to be in store? I don’t, for sure.”

However it plays out, Keenum will make at least $7 million this year. Which means that, if Keenum is released, a new team could sign Keenum for at or near the six-figure league minimum, putting the Broncos on the hook for the rest.

That dynamic makes a trade even less likely, unless the trade includes the Broncos eating the amount that the new team would save by signing Keenum for the minimum.

It’s still not clear who will want Keenum. He has shown flashed of high-level ability in stints with the Texans, Rams, and Vikings, taking the 2017 Minnesota team to the final four.

However it plays out, it’s a stunning decline for Keenum, who signed a two-year, $36 million deal with the Broncos last year as a free agent.

26 responses to “Case Keenum was shocked by trade for Joe Flacco

  1. Well, Philly should let Foles go (since they’re hell bent on Wentz) and sign Keenum to a low ball contract since Denver is on the hook for the bulk of it.

  2. Keenum could be good backup insurance for Green Bay because he may not be able to start anywhere yet…Has toughness though and will bounce back. Jax could be a possibility as well.

  3. Keenum is set for life no matter what so I don’t have a lot of sympathy for him.

    Funny thing is I saw someone post Keenum’s stats last year next to Flacco’s and Flacco was slightly worse. Not sure he’s going to be any improvement for the Donks

  4. I’d love to see the Eagles sign him to back up Wentz. I can’t imagine there’s going to be much of a starter’s market for him.

  5. Dude you threw 12 td’s last year what did you think was gonna happen? Don’t fret you are still better than that overpaid fraud who replaces you in Minny last year. I’d go back there as a backup and then embarrass Cousins by outplaying him and take back that job.

  6. minnesotablizzard says:
    February 21, 2019 at 11:16 am
    That’s the dream. Get paid millions and millions of dollars for minimal production and then get cut. I would just quit and buy a fishing boat and call it a career. Congrats Case.

    Same thing can be said about the Guaranteed Wonder.

    Sung to the tune of ‘’Lets Call the Whole Thing Off!”

    You say Case and I say Kirk,
    You say Keenum, and I say Cousins
    Case, Kirk, Keenum, Cousins,
    Let’s call the whole thing off.

    You like Keenum and I like Cousins
    You like Case and I like Kirk
    Keenum, Cousins, Case, Kirk.
    Let’s call the whole thing off!

  7. Don’t blame the Broncos for making this move, watching Keenum, it seemed like he was averaging 200 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT…. every… single…. game.

    The only reason why Denver went 6-10 was because of the coaching staff and Keenum. If you look at their schedule, they were close in all there games. Doesn’t surprise me they wanted to clean house, regardless if it’s Flacco.

  8. Rather than show my age by lamely reciting a song from the 1950’s, I’ll simply point out that Keenum had his lightning in a bottle year, cashed in, and can now afford to be shocked and disappointed as a back-up somewhere for the next 5 years.

  9. Keenum isn’t the only one. Keenum is younger, more mobile, costs significantly less when you consider his guarantee and doesn’t require the trade of a middle round draft pick in a very deep draft.

    Another Elway head scratcher.

  10. I would not be surprised to see a team with a second year, cheap qb trade for him as a backup. That team would still be under the going rate for qbs in the league of $25-30 million.
    I think the problem with Denver last year was a total failure of the offensive coaches. Totally without imagination and predictable.

  11. Flacco is going to surprise Denver fans. He is definitely an upgrade over Case. He is a steal for a 4th round pick.

  12. Keenum was shocked?????
    After $18 million and a poor performance?

    I mean, these NFL players must just live on fantasy island or something.
    I could see him being shocked after the Vikings let him go in FA.

    Why do these players expect to be paid huge dollars for medicore play?
    It boggles the mind.

  13. mysterytonite says:
    February 21, 2019 at 11:43 am

    Dude you threw 12 td’s last year what did you think was gonna happen? Don’t fret you are still better than that overpaid fraud who replaces you in Minny last year. I’d go back there as a backup and then embarrass Cousins by outplaying him and take back that job.

    You’re welcome to believe that Cousins is an overpaid fraud but I don’t see how you can conclude that Keenum is better. Keenum completed 62.3% of his passes with 18 TDs and 15 Ints and had a 6-10 record. Cousins completed 70.1% of his passes with 30 TDs and 10 Ints and had an 8-7-1 record. Keenum had one great year and has been an above-average backup the rest of his career.

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