Predicting each NFL teams starting quarterback on opening day 2019

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Denver Broncos: Case Keenum

After leading the Minnesota Vikings to the doorstep of the Super Bowl last season, the Denver Broncos inked quarterback Case Keenum to a big two-year, $36 million contract. Keenum was serviceable in 2018 but did not play up to the money he was making.

With a new coach coming into Denver, there is always the chance the Broncos could eat up $10 million in dead cap and cut Keenum, but John Elway put his faith in Keenum following the season. Keenum is likely nothing more of a stop-gap quarterback, so Denver may draft someone to develop behind him.

If Denver moved on from Keenum, they could look at the free agent market for a quarterback. But, most of the guys there are mostly looked at as short-term answers, so why not just stick with Keenum for the short-term.

The best guess is that Denver will look to draft a quarterback early in the 2019 draft to develop along a new head coach. Keenum will be looked at as a mentor, and if he struggles, he will likely be overtaken by that rookie. Like what happened to Keenum in Los Angeles with Jared Goff.

So for now, the best guess is that Keenum will be the Broncos starting quarterback when the 2019 season starts. Will he still be leading the charge when 2019 comes to an end? That is an entirely different story.