ENGLEWOOD, Colo. – After one season as the starter, Denver Broncos quarterback Case Keenum said he was "shocked" and "definitely disappointed" that the team has the framework of a trade in place with Baltimore Ravens to acquire Joe Flacco.
The Broncos signed Keenum to a two-year, $ 36 million deal last March to be their starting quarterback. However, after a 6-10 finish that saw coach Vance Joseph fired and Vic Fangio hired, the proposed trade for Flacco was Broncos' first major roster move of the offseason.
Parallels abound between John Elway's first year in charge of the Broncos and this offseason.
Denver will have a minimum of $ 28.5 million in his 2019 salary cap for Flacco and Case Keenum, with no quarterback of the future on the roster.
So long, 2018 season.
Neither the Broncos nor the Ravens, or even Flacco, can formally acknowledge the trade until the time of the day. "[Broncos general manager John] Elway called me that morning and we had a great conversation, which he did not have. to do it, and I appreciated that, "Keenum told Jason Romano's Sports Spectrum podcast. "I was definitely shocked. It was a surprise for us and … you know, I think probably for the first day or so that's kind of what it was. You know for us, we're definitely disappointed. It's not something I knew that everyone was doing their job and John feels like it was a chance for him to help Broncos out. ''
Behind battered offensive line – три стартера в прошлом сезоне были размещены на пострадавшем резерве – Keenum was inconsistent, as was the Broncos' offense as a whole. He finished with 3,890 yards, 18 touchdowns and 15 interceptions, which were tied for the second-highest total in the league.
Keenum finished among the bottom 10 in the NFL in total QBR.
Elway has said since the season's end that the significant improvement on the offensive side was one of the biggest items in the team's offseason to-do list. The Broncos will try to shop Keenum in a trade in the coming weeks, but team sources have said that keeping Keenum as a backup or Releasing him are also options.
Keenum was the fourth last quarterback for the Broncos over the past two seasons. And while they are considering all options with Keenum, he believes his time with the team is over.
"For us, this is another chapter in our lives and we'll roll with it," Keenum said on podcast. "It's just another chapter and another opportunity to overcome some disaster in my life."
"My time with the time of my life, and I do everything in my whole life, and that it's not by accident that this has happened. Broncos has been really special. I have enjoyed every second of it. I have been so proud to walk into that building … to represent the Broncos as their quarterback. … It was a honor. "
Keenum is currently slated to count $ 21 mullion against the Broncos' salary cap for the 2019 season, which is actually more than Flacco's $ 18.5 million cap charge for the coming year. The Broncos must pay Keenum $ 7 million from his $ 18 million base salary, whether he's on the roster or not.
Also, salary cap savings if Keenum is released ($ 11 million) and the "dead money" hit – a salary cap charge for a Elveny expressed a lot of hopes a year ago that Keenum could be a solution to Broncos's quarterback. Question: Keenum said several times this past season he hoped to be with Broncos for a long, long time.
"You know, really, it's really open-ended right now," Keenum said. "We do not know what's going to happen. There's still a lot up in the air, it's very fresh. So much of these emotions that we are talking about are still kind of going on, still happening. So who knows What's going to be in store. I do not for sure, God does. But we'll be ready for everything God has in store for us next. "