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Joe Flacco to Denver — does that put Case Keenum in play for Giants?

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The Broncos are reportedly trading for the former Ravens’ quarterback

NFL: Baltimore Ravens at Los Angeles Chargers
Joe Flacco
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The first quarterback domino has reportedly fallen in the NFL offseason. Adam Schefter was first to report that the Baltimore Ravens will trade Joe Flacco to the Denver Broncos once the new league season officially begins next month.

What does that mean for the New York Giants?

  • It most likely means that the Broncos, who have been said to be in love with Missouri quarterback Drew Lock, are probably not a candidate to try and trade in front of the Giants at No. 6 in the 2019 NFL Draft.
  • It means one potential destination for Nick Foles of the Philadelphia Eagles if off the board.
  • It means that there will be speculation about the connection between Giants head coach Pat Shurmur and current Denver quarterback Case Keenum.
NFL: Los Angeles Chargers at Denver Broncos
Case Keenum
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So, let’s speculate.

Odds are that the Giants are not moving on from Eli Manning in 2019. If they wanted to, though, saving $17 million against the salary cap, perhaps this development makes Keenum an option as a veteran placeholder/mentor while the Giants develop or look for a long-term solution.

Keenum had the best season of his career in 2017 with Shurmur as his offensive coordinator. He went 11-3 as a starter, completed 67.2 percent of his passes, had career-bests in passer-rating (98.3) and QBR (74.3) and took the Minnesota Vikings to the NFC Championship Game.

Keenum has one year left on his two-year, $36 million deal. His base salary for 2019 is $18 million, all of which his new team would be responsible for.

Would the Giants make that move? I doubt it, but it’s fair to discuss. So, Giants fans, go ahead and do that.