The Minnesota Vikings are signing veteran quarterback Case Keenum to a one-year deal worth $2 million plus incentives, ESPN NFL Insider Adam Caplan reports.
The 29-year-old Keenum spent part of the 2014 season with the Rams while Sam Bradford was recovering from a torn ACL. In Minnesota he replaces Shaun Hill — his former Rams teammate — as Bradford’s backup.
Keenum, who also played for the Texans, started nine games for the Rams in 2016, after signing a one-year restricted free agency tender. He became an unrestricted free agent on March 9.
The Vikings have maintained there is no timetable for the return of Teddy Bridgewater, whose leg injury last Aug. 30 precipitated the team’s trade for Bradford last September.
Coach Mike Zimmer said Bridgewater is spending one week a month in Minnesota to do rehab work from a torn ACL and dislocated left knee, and Zimmer said at the NFL owners meetings this week he wants Bridgewater to resume his career with the Vikings.
But with Bridgewater’s return date still uncertain, the Vikings needed an experienced quarterback to play behind Bradford. Third-year man Taylor Heinicke, the only other quarterback on the roster, hasn’t thrown a pass in an NFL game.
Keenum threw for 2,201 yards and nine touchdowns against 11 interceptions last season. His best numbers came in a five-start stint for the Rams in 2015, when he posted a 87.7 passer rating while throwing four touchdown passes against one interception.