This is an excellent move by the Browns to further the progression of starting quarterback Baker Mayfield. No, I do not see this as any type of competition between the two gunslingers. Baker would really have to struggle for a long period of time in order to lose the job to Keenum. The contract is three years and 18 million dollars with 10 million guaranteed.
Now, 18 mil for a backup that got benched last year in Washington is a bit of a hefty price. However, Keenum has proved that he knows how to play the position of quarterback in the past. The 2017 season as a member of the Vikings, Keenum threw 22 touchdowns compared to only seven interceptions. This along with 3,547 passing yards.
Those Vikings went 13-3 and lost in the NFL Championship Game that year. Guess who was the quarterbacks coach? Now-Browns head coach Kevin Stefanski.
Keenum is now 32-years-old and this will be his 9th season. He was undrafted in 2012 and signed by Houston.
It’s not like the Browns weren’t going to make the playoffs before this signing and now the team is on the course for the Super Bowl. However, it is a move where a guy that has been around the block can come in and teach Baker a thing or two about the position. He also provides some security if something were to happen and Baker was unable to play.
Maybe win a game if called upon…
Another key is that since Keenum thrived the year he was paired with coach Stefanski, he already knows the current offense that is going to be implemented this season and beyond.
Overall, I like the signing. It should help with Baker’s progression into becoming a star in this league and leading the Browns back to success.