Case Keenum has indicated that he probably won’t return to the Washington Redskins. This isn’t a major surprise.
The Washington Redskins are going to be in the market for some veteran quarterback depth this offseason. While the team will have Dwayne Haskins and Alex Smith under contract for the season, there is no guarantee that Smith will be healthy enough to start the season. So, the Redskins need to hedge their bets and add another backup-caliber quarterback to the roster just in case.
The team does have two quarterbacks from last year’s team set to hit free agency in Case Keenum and Colt McCoy. The odds of the team retaining McCoy, a Jay Gruden favorite who struggled in limited action last year, are low. But the team would probably be more open to keeping Keenum around.
That said, it doesn’t seem likely that Keenum will stay. And in a recent interview with NBC Sports Washington’s JP Finlay, he confirmed that he is “probably not” coming back.
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“I have no idea. I would say probably not,” Keenum said in an exclusive interview with NBC Sports Washington’s JP Finlay at the Diamond Resorts Tournament of Champions in Orlando about returning to Washington. “I can’t tell the future though.”
This makes sense, as Keenum would probably like to go to a place where he would at least have a chance to compete for a starting job. It doesn’t seem likely that would come in Washington, as the organization seems invested in developing 2019 first-round pick Dwayne Haskins as the starter.
A potential fit for Keenum would be with the Chicago Bears. The Bears are set to see backup quarterback Chase Daniel hit free agency this offseason and they aren’t set at the starting position given Mitch Trubisky’s struggles over the course of three years with the team.
Keenum could see a Ryan Tannehill-type situation in Chicago where he could push Trubisky for a starting job if he struggles and could help the Bears make the playoffs. And perhaps a reunion with former Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator, Pat Shurmur, would do him well.
Either way, it seems likely that the Redskins are going to have to find another veteran option to compete with Alex Smith. There are plenty of big-name quarterbacks on the open market this offseason and there will also be some decent backups available as well.
We’ll soon see what the Redskins plans are at the quarterback position. For the time being though, it doesn’t look like Keenum will be in them as their one-year marriage has run its course.