Skip Bayless: John Elway took the ‘short-term, easy way out’ with Case Keenum

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Skip Bayless reacts to reports that Vikings QB Case Keenum intends to sign with the Denver Broncos. Skip explains to Shannon Sharpe and Joy Taylor why he believes Elway took the 'easy, short-term' option. Do you think Case Keenum is a good fit for the Denver Broncos?

SKIP BAYLESS: What I believe is that John Elway took the easy way out. He took the short term safe way out. I'm not saying this is the best way out because I think there was a better way to go, but it's a scary way to go. And I think John had swung and missed and swung and missed enough times on quarterbacks in drafts that he finally said, "No mas. I give up. No more." As he was saying the other day, "swinging and missing." And he's admitted the other day, "I'm sure I'll swing and miss again." But he said, "Not this time."

So he took himself off the quarterback hot seat by going with the tried and true. Not that Case Keenum is all that tried and true, he's tried for one year and threw 22 touchdowns to seven interceptions, and he took that team in Minnesota all the way to the NFC championship game. So he did that, and so you can feed off that, you can play off that, you can sell that to your fans.

And by the way, just for the record, because anybody who's followed me on television knows, I've always liked Case Keenum. Is he Tom Brady or Aaron Rodgers? No, he's not. But he's pretty good, and he'll be pretty good for your Broncos next year because he's wily, and he's mentally tough, and he's a gamer, and he's an underrated athlete who can make some plays with his legs, and he has average arm talent that he maximizes with a good brain, he's got a good football mind, and he's like a good point guard who anticipates. You know, he can see the pass before he makes it. And he'll pull off this spectacular play every once in a while as we saw at the end of the Minnesota Miracle game, he did throw that ball, and Stefon Diggs caught that ball and Mark Williams did not play that ball, but that's a whole other story.

So here's John Elway, but I'm going to contend this to you right now. I say longer term Baker Mayfield will be better than Case Keenum, but that would require you closing your eyes and taking Baker Mayfield with the fifth overall pick, if in fact he lasts until the fifth overall pick. That's just me. Baker Mayfield--

SHANNON SHARPE: He ain't going before five, Skip.

SKIP BAYLESS: No? Well, I don't know.

SHANNON SHARPE: He might not even be top 10.

SKIP BAYLESS: You could be shocked over this. Remember what Charlie Weis said, he'd take him number one overall. Right?

SHANNON SHARPE: And you think he probably would be top five.

SKIP BAYLESS: People may just be laying in the weeds right now to take Baker Mayfield before that. So there's some gamble on who's going to be left at five. I thought for a while maybe John would fall in love with a Josh Allen who is more Elway esque at 6'5", 240 lbs.

SHANNON SHARPE: Well, let's see what the terms of this agreement is. Let's see how--

SKIP BAYLESS: I think it's short term. I mean, I think it will be a couple of years.

SHANNON SHARPE: OK. But even if that being said, how much guaranteed money is going to-- Skip, it's hard for me to believe that you're going to give this guy-- let's just say for say, five years, $100 million, $55, $60 million guaranteed.

SKIP BAYLESS: I he's short term. All the reports are short term, but we haven't seen the numbers yet.

SHANNON SHARPE: So you think it's something like three years?

SKIP BAYLESS: It could be two years, around $20 million a year, 20ish.

SHANNON SHARPE: Well, if that's the case, then they are definitely going to be-- they're probably will be in the market for a quarterback.

SKIP BAYLESS: Maybe. Maybe. Maybe not now. Maybe not in this draft because to your point, they got a lot of other glaring needs, so you do have the fifth overall pick. Or you could-- now Buffalo obviously made a move yesterday, so they've got the firepower to trade up to five now. If you want to go back and take a couple of first round picks, you could do it that way.

SHANNON SHARPE: I agree. And I believe that's what John would like to do, accumulate some picks and go into the draft and maybe get some depth through young guys. Because that's what they did Bradley Roby, played, played, played. OK, now he's ready to start. We get rid of Aquib, and we get a fifth round draft pick. So maybe they back up, acquire some--

SKIP BAYLESS: Or does he-- I love Minkah Fitzpatrick. I think he is a player. He's a Talib type, so if you think he's that good maybe you take him, that Notre Dame guard is the next Zach Martin. That Quenton Nelson, he's sitting right there, that's who Todd McShay has Denver taking at five. I don't know, you could go that way, but you could also if you were really gutsy, and I think John's been burned many times he's not, you could take a quarterback with the fifth overall and just make Case your bridge. You know? You could.