The Denver Broncos ended speculation Monday night about going after quarterback Case Keenum instead of waiting on a decision from Kirk Cousins. This, of course, can’t be made official until the beginning of the league year on Wednesday. The 30-year-old play-caller will join a Denver team that struggled last season. However, the move left some fans irked by the move and unsure if Keenum can make a sufficient impact.
Case Keenum contract expected to be short term. It does not appear Broncos made serious run at Kirk Cousins. Keenum was target when negotiating window opened this morning. #9sports
— Mike Klis (@MikeKlis) March 13, 2018
The Broncos may have felt that they didn’t have the greatest chance to sign Cousins, so signing Keenum was the next top priority. The former Minnesota Vikings quarterback does have some familiarity with Denver’s senior personnel advisor Gary Kubiak during his stint with the Houston Texans.
This will be Keenum’s fifth team in as many years.
Now the focus will be on signing other free agents in the coming weeks and preparing for the 2018 NFL Draft. The Broncos have 11 picks in this draft and own the 5th overall pick. They could possibly take a quarterback here, but there is the chance that they could move past that.
This move also signals the likely departure of Trevor Siemian. There have already been a number of inquiries about him from a few teams.
After leading the Vikings to the playoffs with a talented receiver core featuring Stefon Diggs, Keenum should feel good heading into Denver. The Broncos elected to retain Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders, but do have some holes to fill this offseason. The tight end and slot receiver positions still have questions surround those spots.
Besides passing yards, Keenum had a relatively better season than Cousin in 2017. He completed 67.6% of his passes for 3547 yards with 22 touchdowns and 7 interceptions. His QBR was 71.3 and his rating was just shy of 100. He also was sacked only 22 times last season.
With this monkey off their back, the Broncos can focus now on other areas that lack on this team that won the Super Bowl two seasons ago.