QB Case Keenum plans to sign with Broncos

Lynette Rowe
March 14, 2018

Keenum has been allowed to hit the open market by the Vikings despite leading them to the NFC championship game last season.

When the free agency period officially begins Wednesday afternoon, former Vikings quarterback Case Keenum plans to sign with Denver, NFL sources confirmed.

Case Keenum #7 of the Minnesota Vikings reacts after a failed fourth down attempt in the fourth quarter of the game against the Detroit Lions on October 1, 2017 at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Cousins is now deciding between the Vikings, the New York Jets and the Arizona Cardinals, Schefter reported.

The Vikings, who were subsequently blown out at Philadelphia in the conference championship, made a decision to let all three of their QBs - Keenum, Bradford and Teddy Bridgewater - test free agency.

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.

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Manning retired a month after Denver's 24-10 win over Carolina in Super Bowl 50, and Elway brought in veteran Mark Sanchez, then moved up to grab Lynch in the first round of the draft.

According to James Palmer of NFL Network, Denver has picked up the option for wide receiver Demaryius Thomas. Misses don't bother me. "Obviously we have to get better at that position. That is what we are working on".

"I still think we're not too far away".

Elway had said early in the offseason "for us to have a chance to get better we have to get better at that position". Sitting at No. 5, he is very much in play for one of the five big-time talents (Jackson, Darnold, Rosen, Mayfield, Allen) and could provide his team the comfort of a short-term quality starter alongside the promise of a long-term rookie option. It was interesting to see Keenum make the first major wave of news during National Football League free agency and not strategically wait and see what Cousins does, which could have improved his asking price from a desperate team looking for a silver medal. That doesn't all go on the players. "But I feel like we can get right back in the thick of things pretty quickly".

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