Case Keenum was an afterthought to start for the St. Louis Rams in 2015 after the team acquired Nick Foles in the offseason, but the backup played well in five games this season, which could land him a gig for 2016.
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Fisher Wants Keenum Back in St. Louis
Monday, Jan. 4
Rams head coach Jeff Fisher indicated a day after the regular season ended that he expects Keenum—who will soon be on the free-agent market—to return to St. Louis in 2016, per Nate Latsch of Scout.com:
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Jeff Fisher said he expects Case Keenum, who will be an unrestricted free agent, to return as the #Rams starting QB next season. #STLRams2016-1-4 23:12:34
Keenum went 3-1 as the Rams’ starter—his only blemish an overtime loss in the season finale—and compiled 828 yards, four touchdowns and an interception with a 60.8 completion percentage in those games.
Fisher agreed to trade Sam Bradford to the Philadelphia Eagles in an even swap for Foles, who he benched midseason. Because they signed Foles to an extension through 2017, they’ll need to trade him, eat the money and release him or keep him around behind Keenum.
The Rams must also decide if Fisher remains in the fold after yet another underachieving season—his fourth in St. Louis, all of which have ended with no more than seven wins.
The Rams have a solid foundation behind a rugged defense and arguably the game’s best running back in rookie Todd Gurley, but they’ll need a franchise quarterback to truly contend.
While Keenum exceeded expectations, the Rams would certainly be taking a chance by identifying their franchise player as one who was relegated to a backup role for most of his four pro seasons until last month.