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Rams insist Case Keenum will be their starting quarterback to start 2016

The Rams placed a first round tender on Case Keenum, so clearly they like him to some extent. But we'll see how long that lasts.

Fooch's update: Turns out the transcriber got it wrong, and Snead said for the start of OTAs. Not quite the same oomph.

The Los Angeles Rams quarterback situation remains unresolved long-term, but the team insists it has an option for the short term. General manager Les Snead addressed the media in Florida at the owners' meetings, and he said Case Keenum is going to be the team's starter at the beginning of the season.

That qualifies as a pretty definitive statement, but it does not exactly mean Keenum has job security. The Rams did place a first-round restricted free agent tender on him, so they clearly value what he can do for them. But they also have an opportunity to draft a long-term option. In Dan Kadar's latest mock draft, he has them drafting Paxton Lynch. Other mocks have suggested they might move up to draft Jared Goff or Carson Wentz.

I don't think they have the assets to move that far up, but I do see them taking a quarterback this year. They could potentially climb up ahead of the 49ers, but I don't think we see them do any deal. Placing that first round tender seems to indicate a lot more comfort with Keenum than outsiders have with the quarterback.