5 former Vikings who could return to the team in 2020

(Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images) Case Keenum
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(Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images) Case Keenum
(Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images) Case Keenum /

Case Keenum – QB

The Vikings need a backup quarterback this offseason as Sean Mannion is hitting free agency. Mannion really offered nothing to Minnesota last year, so there is really no reason for them to bring him back unless they aren’t able to find someone else who will play for close to the veterans minimum.

One guy who might come cheap is former Vikings hero Case Keenum. Keenum led the team under center during the 2017 season and he will live on forever in the hearts of Minnesota fans for making the throw to Stefon Diggs that became known as the “Minneapolis Miracle”.

Keenum has since played for the Denver Broncos and the Washington Redskins. He got a nice contract from the Broncos, but he was unable to replicate the magic he had in purple. The Redskins team he played for last season was void of talent and it wasn’t shocking to see Keenum struggle.

He would be a huge upgrade at backup quarterback over Mannion for the Vikings. Keenum isn’t afraid to throw the ball down the field. Sometimes that’s worked out for him and other times it hasn’t.

He is also a magician at escaping pressure in the pocket. Keenum has a knack for knowing when to slide, duck, and scamper away from pressure and he is often able to find an open receiver down the field when he’s on the run.


While Keenum has proven he will likely never be a dependable starter in the NFL, he can still provide a spark off the bench for a team when needed. If that team ends up being Minnesota in 2020, it’s safe to say he’d get a very warm welcome back from Purple Nation.