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Report: Vikings Unlikely to Franchise Tag Case Keenum

Keenum to become an unrestricted free agent.

According to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, the Minnesota Vikings are unlikely to place the franchise tag on Case Keenum. Rapoport’s sources indicated the quarterback is likely to hit free agency.

Keenum, who was signed for $2 million last offseason, is due a substantial pay raise following his breakout 2017 campaign. In 15 games he threw for 22 touchdowns and only seven interceptions while compiling an 11-3 record as a starter. His 3,547 yards, 67.6% completion rate and 98.3 passer rating were all career highs.

Despite Keenum’s production, the Vikings are reportedly willing to let the 29 year-old test the market. Whether the team has plans to offer the quarterback a contract in free agency remains unclear as this time.

While the team awaits the league decision on whether or not he contract of Teddy Bridgewater tolls into next season, there has been plenty of speculation surrounding the Vikings’ quarterback situation, including the team possibly landing Kirk Cousins. For now, Kyle Sloter remains the only quarterback under contract.

The deadline for NFL teams to designate franchise or transition tags is next Tuesday, March 6th.

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Sean Borman is a writer with Minnesota roots that's still somehow an optimist. He was an intern with the Vikings during college and previously wrote for Rant Sports. You can find Sean on the golf course and on Twitter @SeanBoarMan.

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4 Comments

    1. I’m excited to watch him in training camp and the preseason to see what he offers

  1. Well hope they are not thinking about Cousins he’s not that good in my opinion. Bradford can be let go too many injuries, and yes I like Teddy, but he scares me as being able to hold up long term now. If they let Keenum go then guess we go back to starting over or maybe Sloter is what they are thinking.

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