Published: Thu, March 15, 2018
Life&Culture | By Ben Goodman

Signing Case Keenum Is the Smarter Move for the Broncos Right Now

Signing Case Keenum Is the Smarter Move for the Broncos Right Now

Quarterback Case Keenum, who guided the Minnesota Vikings to the brink of the Super Bowl last season, is expected to sign with the Broncos when free agency opens Wednesday, according to several reports. Luckily for Keenum, he's used to that dynamic and seemed to thrive in it last season, but at the same time, it does make you wonder why Vikings fans were so adamant that Cousins wasn't much of an improvement (if at all) over Keenum.

This past season, the 30-year-old journeyman stepped in for an injured Sam Bradford and led Minnesota to an 11-3 record.

Whatever the Broncos' objections, they quickly moved on to Keenum - the No. 2 QB available in the market - and reached agreement on a two-year deal worth at least $36 million - or $18 million a year - a source told 9News. That would leave the Vikings, Jets and Cardinals in the running to land Kirk Cousins.

He also threw a touchdown on the last play of the game to Stefon Diggs to stun the New Orleans Saints in the divisional round of the playoffs.

With Keenum gone, Minnesota's primary focus will likely shift to making sure Kirk Cousins signs with them this offseason. With AP Photos.The Denver Broncos are hoping to repeat the success they had with Peyton Manning in pursuing another free-agent fix at quarterback.

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Siemian again handily beat out Lynch last summer, but the Broncos would cycle through their trio of homegrown QBs during a 5-11 season that almost cost rookie head coach Vance Joseph his job.

Keenum is also a player the Broncos felt they knew well given the team's senior personnel adviser and former coach Gary Kubiak coached Keenum for two seasons when Kubiak was the Texans' head coach.

"I still think we're not too far away", Elway said at the combine.

Keenum's arrival means Paxton Lynch is expected to return as a backup with competition from Chad Kelly and a potential draft choice - that has not been ruled out - as Denver plans on trading Trevor Siemian. Justin Pugh and Weston Richburg are among the best offensive linemen remaining in free agency and can both play two different positions.

"There were some things we should have done differently that we didn't do".

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