Vikings not expected to franchise tag Case Keenum

Minnesota Vikings general manager Rick Spielman speaks to the media during the 2018 NFL Combine at the Indianapolis Convention Center on Wednesday

But Keenum looked bad in the NFC title game, hence the Vikings not too enthused about giving him the franchise tag. He has been a candidate for a $23 million franchise tag for 2018.

Even if Minnesota signed the quarterback to a deal that paid him $30 million for next season, the team would still have more than $31 million left to spend on other free-agents and rookies. But Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer was never willing to fully commit to Keenum as the starting quarterback, under the guise of wanting to create competitive tension and get his best level of play.

If it was reasonable to assume the Vikings would be able to afford franchise tagging Case Keenum, then it's reasonable to assume they would be willing to pay up for Cousins. But Bradford couldn't stay healthy which opened the door for Keenum.

Quarterbacks Sam Bradford and Teddy Bridgewater also remain under contract until March 14, but knee injuries that shortened both players' seasons in 2017 make it unlikely that general manager Rick Spielman will rely on one of them to start next season.

First and foremost, they will be players on the Kirk Cousins market.

And that price difference could be in the $10 million per year range. However, they don't intend that Keenum, probably not perceived as someone who is good enough to take them over the hump, eat up so much of that money.

While it was Keenum who led the Vikings to its resounding success during the 2017 National Football League regular season, not even he is guaranteed to return in 2018.

Is this who Keenum is, or was it just a one time deal? Like the Bills, the Vikings have countless options.

There has been a lot of speculation about the Vikings and their quarterback situation.

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote that the Broncos and Keenum are not a match. This means that he will become a free agent when free agency begins.



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