Friday, 23 March, 2018

Case Keenum to Sign Contract with Broncos After 1 Year with Vikings

Kristopher Love | 13 March, 2018, 12:24

ESPN's Adam Schefter reported Vikings quarterback Case Keenum intends to sign with Denver when National Football League free agency opens on Wednesday.

The terms of the agreement are unknown.

Keenum had what many would consider his breakout season in 2017 with the Minnesota Vikings, leading the team to the conference championship game after starting the season as a backup. Keenum also threw a miracle touchdown pass to Stefon Diggs on the final play of a second-round playoff game to stun Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints.

Although the Broncos had serious interest in Cousins throughout the process, Elway figured his team was a longshot to land him, with the Minnesota Vikings and New York Jets the favorites.

The Broncos had a glaring hole under center last season, cycling through Trevor Siemian, Paxton Lynch and Brock Osweiler en route to an unexpected 5-11 record and last-place finish in the AFC West.

Kirk Cousins, who spent his first six National Football League seasons with the Washington Redskins, is the top free-agent quarterback available (not counting Drew Brees, who is expected to remain in New Orleans).

Keenum worked with former Broncos head coach Gary Kubiak, now a senior personnel advisor in Denver's front office, with the Houston Texans from 2012-13 having joined as an undrafted free agent.

With Denver bringing back Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders, Keenum has reliable options to throw to.

At the scouting combine, two weeks before the start of free agency, Elway did compare the "fluid" nature of chasing a quarterback in free agency this year to the pursuit of Manning.

Just ask John Elway to say "rebuilding". He didn't start another game the rest of the year.

The Broncos haven't made the playoffs since their Super Bowl win to close out the 2015 season.

The Broncos must now build around Keenum by bolstering the offensive line.

Elway said in recent weeks he still believed the team could get back into the postseason mix with an upgrade behind center. We just have to figure out a way to get it right. There were some things that we should have done, that we should have done differently that we didn't do.