The Denver Broncos have confirmed the signing of quarterback Case Keenum on a two-year deal.
The 30-year-old arrives in Denver off the back of a career season in Minnesota, where he led the Vikings to the NFC Championship game after an 11-3 record in his 14 regular season starts.
The former University of Houston Cougars star began the 2018 season as backup to Sam Bradford, who went down in week two, and finished 2017 with 3,547 yards, with 22 touchdowns and just seven interceptions.
Keenum’s deal, according to Pro Football Talk, is for $36 million, with $25 million fully guaranteed at signing.
Broncos president of football operations and general manager John Elway described some of Keenum’s attributes as what he was looking for in a quarterback to be the starter in the Mile High City after rotating through three below average quarterbacks in 2017.
“Case is a great fit for us,” Elway said in a statement. “He’s coming off a tremendous season last year and has obviously been through a lot of situations throughout his entire career.
“Along with that experience, his leadership and competitiveness are what you look for in a quarterback.
“Case has fought and battled for everything that he’s earned in the NFL, and it’s exciting to add someone with that type of mentality to our team.”
Trevor Siemian’s fall from grace as a starter is followed by a swift exit from Broncos Country after a trade was finalised with Minnesota.
The former Broncos starter will back up Kirk Cousins, who is expected to join the Vikings on Thursday in a $84m deal, and joins former Broncos quarterback Kyle Sloter in the Twin Cities.
During his three years in Denver, Siemian was on the roster when the Broncos won Super Bowl 50, and started 24 games in 2016 and 2017 following Peyton Manning’s retirement when he beat out Paxton Lynch to win the starting job.
The Northwestern product threw for 30 touchdowns and 24 interceptions with a 59.3 completion percentage, but was hampered by left shoulder problems and a poor offensive line.
Lynch remains under contract with the Broncos in 2018 along with Chad Kelly, the 2017 draft’s Mr Irrelevant.
Keenum will be unveiled to the Denver media at 10:00 MT (16:00 GMT/17:00 BST) on Friday.