Published: Thu, March 15, 2018
Culture | By Margie Dunn

Broncos going after former UH quarterback Case Keenum

Broncos going after former UH quarterback Case Keenum

The free-agent quarterback will sign with the Broncos when the National Football League year begins Wednesday, ESPN's Adam Schefter reported early Tuesday.

Keenum is a nice consolation prize for Denver, though.

Siemian, Lynch and Chad Kelly, a seventh-rounder a year ago who sat out his rookie season with injuries, remain on the roster.

Keenum threw for 22 touchdowns and only seven interceptions while going 11-3 as a starter for the Vikings in place of the injured Sam Bradford last season. Cousins would now appear to be the favorite to replace Keenum in Minnesota.

The Broncos apparently felt confident enough in Keenum's ability, though, at least in terms of being an upgrade over their quarterback options last season.

Keenum threw for 318 yards and a touchdown in the Vikings' divisional-round win over the New Orleans Saints, with his improbable heave to Stefon Diggs in the closing seconds clinching the win.

While the Minnesota Vikings have been heavily connected to free agent quarterback Kirk Cousins in the past couple of weeks, the team has reportedly reached out to another veteran quarterback. The two-year deal doesn't mortgage the team's future if things don't work out and at $36MM, Keenum's price tag is still much cheaper than what Denver would have had to commit for Kirk Cousins. With AP Photos.The Denver Broncos are hoping to repeat the success they had with Peyton Manning in pursuing another free-agent fix at quarterback. That's why they rushed him back against the Bears despite Keenum's good play last season.

Keenum also has a connection in Denver, as Broncos senior personnel adviser Gary Kubiak coached the QB for two seasons with the Houston Texans.

Broncos quarterback John Elway has talked repeatedly during the offseason about the need to get better at quarterback. The market for Keenum will likely come down to the teams in that group that don't land Cousins, in other words.

"I still think we're not too far away", Elway said at the combine. We didn't play well there a year ago.

In the meantime, Denver is coming off an atrocious 5-11 season.

"There were some things we should have done differently that we didn't do".

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