According to Houston’s Fox 26 affiliate, the Minnesota Vikings plan to sign former Los Angeles Rams quarterback Case Keenum. USA Today’s Tom Pelissero later reported Keenum is joining the franchise on a one-year deal.
Don’t worry, though; Keenum isn’t here to challenge Sam Bradford. No, the Vikings are Bradford’s team, at least until Teddy Bridgewater returns to the field. It’s a complicated situation, made even more complex by Mike Zimmer’s recent comments on his two signal callers:
“There really is no other plan [for the future at quarterback] until Teddy gets healthy,” Zimmer said, per Mark Craig. “When he gets healthy, we’ll worry about it. We don’t know when it’s going to be. If he comes in tomorrow and is 100 percent, which he won’t, but if he did, then we’d have to adjust things. But right now we don’t know when he’s going to be ready.”
Let’s try to unpack this. Bradford is the immediate starter, Bridgewater is months, possibly years away from full health, and Keenum is now the third or fourth quarterback on the depth chart. Before the signing, Bradford and Taylor Heinicke were the only healthy options at the position with Shaun Hill likely departing in free agency.