The Broncos couldn’t land Kirk Cousins, the apple of their eye when it came to free agent quarterbacks, so they went after a guy who took his team to the Conference Title game in the NFC – and it appears they’ve landed Vikings free agent quarterback Case Keenum.
He played for coaches 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. Keenum 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 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.”
It was a breakout year for Keenum, as he hit for a career-high 3,547 yards, 22 touchdowns and only seven interceptions for the Vikings, getting all the way to the NFC Title game before falling to the Philadelphia Eagles.
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