1. QB Case Keenum
After a fairly respectable start this past year, the Cleveland offense struggled regardless of who was playing quarterback. Baker Mayfield was coming off a solid season in 2020. But this past year he was limited by injuries. Still, he gutted it out but it made for some very erratic play.
Veteran Case Keenum wound up making a pair of starts for Kevin Stefanski’s team and Cleveland prevailed in both. But the second was a win over the visiting Bengals in which the already-crowned AFC North champions rested banged-up quarterback Joe Burrow and some other starters. Keenum committed a pair of turnovers in the 21-16 victory.
A starter for six different teams in nine seasons dating back to 2013, the former undrafted free agent had his best year in 2017 with the Vikings. Minnesota reached the NFC title game that year and the well-traveled signal-caller had a forgettable afternoon at Philadelphia.
However, Keenum could make a decision to void the final season of the three-year, $18 million deal he signed with the Browns in 2020 (details via Spotrac). Or could the organization just decide to part ways with the well-traveled veteran? The latter could indeed be a risky move considering Mayfield will be coming off surgery.
Then again, Keenum may indeed want to test free agency and take a chance of latching on with a team that could offer him a starting job. Stay tuned.