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.
QuarterbacksSam 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 theirquarterback situation.
Blue Jackets acquire forward Thomas Vanek
The 34-year-old has 17 goals and 41 points this season and 738 career points (350 goals, 388 assists) in his 13-year career. The Blue Jackets will become the eighth team that Vanek will play for in his 13-year National Hockey League career.
Bridgewater Expected to Become Free Agent
The Vikings reportedly will not argue it should have tolled, however, making it likely Bridgewater will be ruled a free agent. According to SB Nation's Daily Norseman site, the Vikings have roughly $57.2 Million in cap space for the 2018 season.
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I'm not a Krystal fan by any means, but there is no denying that her insane antics semi-revived a rather boring lackluster season. Even though she's 10 years younger than Arie , he always seemed impressed with the 26-year old's skills, talents and interests.