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Despite Case Keenum's slide, Broncos likely to stick with QB in 2019

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Case Keenum did not appear to be the answer at quarterback that the Denver Broncos were looking for last season, and president of football operations John Elway will likely explore new options at the position once again heading into 2019. 

That does not, however, mean Keenum has played his last snap in Denver.

Keenum signed a two-year, $36 million contract with the Broncos last offseason, after coming of a strong year with the Vikings. He struggled to protect the football in his first year in Denver, throwing 15 interceptions compared to 18 touchdowns and fumbling a whopping eight times. 

Despite that, Nicki Jhabvala of The Athletic believes Keenum is likely to remain Denver’s starter next season.

While there should be solid veteran options available such as Nick Foles, Joe Flacco and Teddy Bridgewater, the Broncos would have to eat $10 million if they cut or trade Keenum. Jhabvala also notes that Denver has hired a new offensive coaching staff, led by offensive coordinator Rich Scangarello, so they could give Keenum another year in a new system.

“I see traits that we can help Case be the best that he can be,” Scangarello said recently, when asked about Keenum. “That’s our job as an offense, the players around him, and to really empower him to play confident, like he was in Minnesota. Continue to keep that going, and no doubt, help him be the best that he can be.”

Keenum, 30, never seemed like the long-term solution at quarterback for the Broncos, and comments Elway made recently don’t bode well for Keenum’s future in Denver. Still, the best option may be to draft a QB early and give Keenum one more shot.

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