Did John Elway finally get his man? Case Keenum is expected to sign with the Denver Broncos when the free-agency period officially opens Wednesday, per NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport.

Rather than go all in on Kirk Cousins, Elway appears to be playing it safe with Keenum, who helped the Minnesota Vikings reach the NFC Championship Game after Sam Bradford was lost in September to a knee injury.

According to the Denver Post, Keenum’s history with former Broncos head coach Gary Kubiak played a major part in the agreement.
Although Kirk Cousins has been touted as the top quarterback to hit free agency this year, the Broncos, after extensive evaluation of all their options, felt more comfortable with Keenum. He played for Vance Joseph and Gary Kubiak in Houston at the beginning of his career (2012-13) and already has a feel for the staff and offensive system. He guided the Vikings to recent success in the playoffs — an experience Cousins still lacks after six years in the NFL. And he comes at a cost that affords the Broncos more flexibility in reshaping their roster and adding to it in the upcoming draft. His new deal is expected to be a shorter-term contract, with approximately $18 million per year in average pay.

“We all understand on how the quarterback position has a direct influence on how your team plays,” Joseph said in February. “Obviously we have to get better there, whoever is going to be the quarterback. That being said, we can get better in a lot of areas, like protecting the quarterback, continuing to run the football better and to play dominant defense. Having a quarterback that can help us become a more efficient offense and help us score more points and not turn the ball over, that can only help us get better. But we have to focus not only on that, but also on other parts of the football team.”
Keenum completed 67.6 percent of his passes last season season for the Vikings, resulting in a career-high 3,547 yards, 22 touchdowns, and only seven interceptions for a 98.3 passer rating.

The Broncos hold the fifth overall pick in April’s NFL Draft.


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