The Cleveland Browns have bolstered their quarterback room in a pretty impactful way. The team has signed veteran Case Keenum, a move made official today.
Keenum is set to make $18 million over three years, with $10 million guarantee. It is a pretty big deal for a guy that the franchise hopes can remain the backup going forward. Obviously, the best case scenario for the team is Baker Mayfield taking a leap forward after a disappointing second season.
Mayfield can be a standoffish figure here and there, but by all accounts he’s a good and popular teammate. That appears to be the case for his new position-mate as well.
The veteran said Mayfield was among the first to reach out to him, per The Plain Dealer/Cleveland.com’s Mary Kay Cabot. He said the move meant a lot to him. “I’ve got a lot of respect for him for what he’s done on the field and off the field.”
— Mary Kay Cabot (@MaryKayCabot) March 24, 2020
After serving primarily as a backup to start his career, Keenum looked like he might be a serious late bloomer in 2017, his sixth season in the league.
He started 14 games for the Minnesota Vikings that year, posting an 11-3 record as starter. He threw for 3,547 yards, completing 67.6-percent of his throws for 7.4 yards an attempt, 22 touchdowns, and 7 interceptions. He has been unable to carry that momentum forward, going 6-10 as starter for the Denver Broncos the following year, and getting benched after a 1-7 start with Washington last year.
The Browns will be Keenum’s eighth NFL team. This fall, he will have started each of the last seven seasons with a new franchise, after being being waived by the St. Louis Rams and re-signed by the Houston Texans, the team with which he started his career, during the 2014 season.