St. Louis Rams Releasing QB Case Keenum


The St. Louis Rams made a bold move on Tuesday, acquiring safety and former first-rounder Mark Barron from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Obviously they had already made decisions on who they were going to give the vacant roster spots that were opened by season-ending injuries to left tackle Jake Long and wide receiver Brian Quick, because ESPN’s Adam Caplan reports that the Rams are releasing quarterback Case Keenum to make room for Barron:

Keenum, a third-year signal caller, was picked up by the Rams in the week preceding the regular season opener after he was released by the Houston Texans. They obviously valued his potential and the fact that he had on-field experience, having played in eight games for the Texans last season.

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In that opener against the Minnesota Vikings, though, things changed, as veteran starter Shaun Hill went down with an injury. Austin Davis, a player eerily similar to Keenum in that he’s a third-year undrafted free agent who was actually a fierce Conference USA rival of him at Southern Miss, preceded to take over and run away with the starting job. Once Hill had returned from his injury, there was really no use for Keenum, as Davis was firmly entrenched in the starting job with Hill as the gameday backup. Since the Rams will likely have Davis in the fold for the foreseeable future, are expected to draft a quarterback in this coming year’s draft, and are developing 2014 sixth-rounder Garrett Gilbert on the practice squad, there wasn’t really any reason to keep Keenum around any longer.