The New York Giants interviewed Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur on Saturday for the their vacant head-coaching job. Now, there is a report that Vikings’ quarterback Case Keenum, a free agent this offseason, could follow Shurmur wherever he lands.
Shurmur and Keenum have developed a close working relationship in which the two men “both think very highly of each other,” according to one source.
It’s only natural, then, that if Shurmur’s new team needed a quarterback, the man he’s expected to look to would be Keenum, who has played like an MVP candidate this season in Minnesota.
If that is true and the Giants hired Shurmur, it means that Keenum could land in New York as the replacement for Eli Manning.
That kind of speculation is, of course, jumping way ahead of the curve here. Shurmur is one of four candidates the Giants have interviewed. They may or may may not hire him. Even if they do, ownership and GM Dave Gettleman might have a different quarterback plan. Hiring Shurmur does not necessarily mean bringing in Keenum.
Right now, it’s just another bit of information to toss on the pile of possibilities when you look forward to what the 2018 Giants might look like.
Keenum is a six-year veteran. He entered the league with the Houston Texans as an undrafted free agent, and is on his third team. He took over for an injured Sam Bradford early in the season. Minnesota has gone 11-3 with him starting, and Keenum has had a career year. He completed 67.6 percent of his passes, had 22 touchdown passes, only seven interceptions and a passer rating of 98.3. Prior to this season, Keenum had started 24 NFL games.