For months the speculation was the the Broncos and Kirk Cousins were on a collision course. Mostly because so many people were of the mind that the Broncos were just a QB away from being contenders again. Well, if that’s true, that QB will be journeyman former Vikings QB Case Keenum according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
When free agency opens Wednesday, former Vikings’ QB Case Keenum intends to sign with the Denver Broncos, sources tell ESPN.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 13, 2018
First QB domino has fallen.
QB race is on.
Keenum is hot right now after a season in Minnesota in which he threw for 3547 yards with 22 touchdowns and 7 interceptions with the Vikings going 11-3 and contending for the NFC crown, falling just short against the eventual Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles.
Keenum’s success last season for seemingly came out of nowhere for the well traveled QB.
He began his career as an undrafted free agent in Houston in 2012, went 0-8 in 8 starts in 2013 only to be waived prior to the start of the 2014, was claimed by the then St Louis Rams, waived again a few weeks later, signed to the Rams’ practice squad, re-signed by the Texans off the Rams practice squad, traded back to the Rams for a 7th round pick, started five games, moved with the team to LA the following season, started 9 games, then signed a one-year deal with the Vikings in the 2017 offseason. And here we are.
His 14 starts last season were the most he’s had in a single season in his 6-year NFL career. And the 11 wins matches his career total before last season.
So, basically the Broncos are getting a one-hit wonder. That’s not to say he can’t do it again. He might. He’s certainly better than the trio of Trevor Siemian, Paxton Lynch, and Brock Osweiler. But putting your franchise hopes on him duplicating last season might be unwise.
For that reason, I wouldn’t say the Broncos are set at the quarterback position. They could still select one with their top pick in the draft. But now they have the luxury to let that QB sit if they want to. That seems entirely possible based on John Elway’s track record with drafting QB’s.