Case Keenum will sign with the Denver Broncos when the 2018 NFL season begins on Wednesday.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that the 30-year old free agent quarterback is the Broncos’ preferred choice as they overhaul their QB room, despite a free agency market that includes Kirk Cousins, who is expected to land in Minnesota, and Drew Brees, who is expected to stay in New Orleans.
When free agency opens Wednesday, former Vikings’ QB Case Keenum intends to sign with the Denver Broncos, sources tell ESPN.
First QB domino has fallen.
QB race is on.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) 13 March 2018
Momentum was moving toward Keenum tonight. Can confirm what @AdamSchefter first reported, #Broncos expected to sign Keenum when free agency opens. Signings can become official on Wednesday. Keenum was 11-3 as starter last season w 21 TDs, 7 picks. #Denver7
— Troy Renck (@TroyRenck) 13 March 2018
The Broncos were believed to be among the contenders to land Cousins, whose contract is expected to reset the bar for top-tier quarterbacks, but the Denver Post’s Nicki Jhabvala tweeted that Keenum was their guy, not the former Washington Redskins QB.
Case Keenum was the Broncos’ guy. Not Kirk Cousins. Broncos felt Keenum was a better fit in many areas. Was told they did not offer Cousins.
— Nicki Jhabvala (@NickiJhabvala) 13 March 2018
An undrafted free agent out of Houston signed by Broncos senior personnel advisor and former head coach Gary Kubiak during his time at the Texans, Keenum will arrive in Denver off the back of a stellar single season in Minnesota, where he led the Vikings to the NFC Championship game.
Minnesota went 11-3 with Keenum at the helm after Sam Bradford went down early in the season, putting up 3,547 yards, 22 touchdowns and seven interceptions.
Keenum is 20-18 as a starter through his two stints in Houston and St Louis/Los Angeles, and Minnesota, with his two playoff starts coming in January 2018 with the Vikings.
It remains to be seen if the Broncos will use the fifth overall pick to draft a quarterback after former picks Brock Osweiler (2012), Trevor Siemian (2015), and Paxton Lynch (2016) all struggled to 5-11 last season, while among the worst teams in turnovers.
Osweiler is a free agent this summer, while Siemian has one year left on his rookie deal, but his future with the team remains up in the air.
President of football operations/general manager John Elway confirmed at the NFL Scouting Combine that Lynch will return, while Chad Kelly, the 2017 draft’s Mr Irrelevant, will get a chance to show Broncos Country what he can do after sitting out his rookie season with injuries.
Watch Case Keenum throw the Minneapolis Miracle pass in the NFC Divisional Round against New Orleans.