QB Case Keenum leaving Vikings to sign with Broncos

Broncos considered Cousins and Bridgewater before choosing Keenum

Broncos considered Cousins and Bridgewater before choosing Keenum

Former Minnesota Vikings quarterback Case Keenum intends on signing with the Denver Broncos when free agency opens on Wednesday. according o ESPN's Adam Schefter. When Elway romped into free agency in 2012 and signed Manning, who was not yet 100 percent after his fourth neck surgery, the result was four AFC West titles, two Super Bowl trips, one title and a historic season as the only 600-point team in league history.

He spent the 2017 season with the Minnesota Vikings and threw for 3,547 yards and 22 touchdowns against seven interceptions. The 30-year-old quarterback started 14 games and set career marks in 2017 after playing sparingly for the Texans and Rams during his five prior National Football League seasons. He played two-plus seasons each for the Texans (where he played for Broncos adviser Gary Kubiak) and Rams, and one season with the Vikings.

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 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 all understand on how the quarterback position has a direct influence on how your team plays", Joseph said in February.

That included choosing among the draft prospects that include Josh Allen, Josh Rosen, Sam Darnold, Baker Mayfield and others. "Obviously we have to get better there, whoever is going to be the quarterback".

Broncos president of football operations/general manager John Elway had made finding a long-term solution at quarterback the priority of the offseason after the Broncos limped to a 5-11 finish in 2017 with an offense that finished the year tied for 26th in scoring. "Is it because he had a good team around him?"

Denver has Brock Osweiler, who is an unrestricted free agent, and they also have recent draft picks Paxton Lynch and Chad Kelly. There were some things that we should have done that we should have done differently that we didn't do.

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