Keenum: From Minnesota Backup To Starter To New Denver QB

Keenum: From Minnesota Backup To Starter To New Denver QB

Six years ago, GM John Elway landed Peyton Manning, the biggest free-agent prize in National Football League history, following his release by the Colts and a series of neck fusion surgeries.

The Denver Broncos search for a quarterback may have finally come to a close as Minnesota Vikings free agent Case Keenum is signing with Denver. Unfortunately, it's not the one Broncos players, most notably Von Miller, have been working hard to recruit all offseason in Kirk Cousins.

Out of those three teams, the Jets have the most cap space available, but the Vikings offer Cousins the best supporting cast to immediately compete for a Super Bowl.

The Broncos are hoping to be a playoff contender once again.

The Denver Broncos don't appear to be landing Kirk Cousins after all.

The roughly $10 million a year savings will help the Broncos address other problems on their roster that was only good for a 5-11 record in 2017. Kubiak coached Keenum for two seasons (2013-2014) when Kubiak was the Texans head coach.


Klis also reported that while the Broncos did have at least one negotiation with Cousins, the team did not make a "serious run" at the former Redskins quarterback and they focused their efforts on Keenum.

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.

Keenum would have veterans Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders as his targets in Denver after Elway chose not to release either of the expensive wide receivers. We just have to figure out a way to get it right.

"I still think we're not too far away, " Elway said. "When you get opportunities like this, you've got to take advantage of them, so we're going to take advantage of it". This figure and the term of the contract - unlike with Cousins - should not preclude the Broncos from drafting a quarterback fifth overall if they choose to go in that direction. We didn't play well there previous year.

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

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