Broncos QB Case Keenum Says He Was “Shocked” by Joe Flacco Trade

QB Case Keenum with the Vikings in 2017. Photo by Joe Toth/BPI/REX/Shutterstock

When he signed a two-year, $36 million deal last year with the Denver Broncos, quarterback Case Keenum thought he will be the team’s starting QB for the foreseeable future. Broncos’ GM John Elway, on the other hand, got another idea after 6-10 season in 2018 and decided to trade for veteran Joe Flacco.

Keenum now finally decided to speak publicly about the trade during his recent interview with Sports Spectrum Podcast, saying he was “shocked” by the move.

“[Broncos general manager John] Elway called me that morning and we had a great conversation, which he didn’t have to do, and I appreciated that,”- said Keenum. “I was definitely shocked, it was a surprise for us and I think probably for the first day or so that’s kind of what it was. But for us, we’re definitely disappointed, it’s not something we wanted to happen. I know that everybody’s doing their job and John feels like that was a chance for him to help the Broncos out.”

Case Keenum didn’t have bad numbers in his lone season with Denver Broncos, managing to complete 62.3 percent of his passes for 3,890 yards and 18 touchdowns. The team, however, played poorly overall and Elway decided to try with a different approach at the QB position.

According to NFL insider Ian Rapaport, Broncos’ plan is to try and find a buyer for Keenum among NFL teams in a need of a quarterback. If they failed to do so, they will give the player an option to take a significant pay cut or get released.

“For us, it’s another chapter in our lives and we’re going to roll with it,” – the 31-year-old QB added. “We’re going to approach this like I do everything in my entire life, and that it’s not by accident this has happened. It’s just another chapter and another opportunity to overcome some adversity in my life.”