1. Case Keenum
Kevin Stefanski wasn’t calling plays when Case Keenum had the Minnesota Vikings on the verge of the Super Bowl a few years back, but he spent a lot of time with now free agent as the team’s quarterback coach.
Keenum went on to Denver and then Washington where he was never able to rekindle the magic of that season. That said, he’s been a professional, even with the Redskins working in quarterback Dwayne Haskins.
Here’s what Keenum brings to the Browns that the roster doesn’t have: A proven commodity to come in and win games should Mayfield go down. It didn’t happen for more than a few snaps in 2019, but the worry is always there.
Keenum may not be a franchise quarterback, but he gives your team a chance to win, and when desperate times call for desperate measures, a chance is all you need. He could even fill in should Mayfield go down for a few weeks.
In his one season with the Vikings, Keenum completed 67.2 percent of his passes for 3,547 yards and 22 touchdowns against seven interceptions.
The following season in Denver, Keenum completed passes at a 62. 3 clip, throwing for 3,890 yards, 18 touchdowns and 15 picks in 16 starts.
For Washington this past season, he was 1-7 as a starter. He completed 64.8 percent of his passes, but threw for 11 touchdowns against five picks.
With Keenum’s veteran-ness, in addition to his his history with Stefanski, he seems like the ideal choice to back up Mayfield in 2020.