Published: Tue, March 13, 2018
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Vikings QB Keenum to sign with Broncos

Vikings QB Keenum to sign with Broncos

Keenum is now 30 years old, and was a mediocre-to-bad quarterback for his entire career, until last season.

The Broncos, who own the fifth pick in next month's National Football League draft, also considered Cousins following a 5-11 season in which Trevor Siemian, Brock Osweiler and Paxton Lynch all struggled behind a porous offensive line and questionable play-calling before Mike McCoy was replaced by Bill Musgrave as offensive coordinator.

The six-year veteran picked the flawless time for a career year before cashing in during free agency.

Keenum's new deal is expected to be a shorter-term contract, in a range that has been previously reported, from around the high teens to $20 million per year in average pay.

At the National Football League scouting combine this month, Elway said, "we'll continue to look at all of the options out there when it comes to quarterback". "Obviously we have to get better there, whoever is going to be the quarterback".

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - NOVEMBER 19: Case Keenum #7 of the Minnesota Vikings drops back to pass the ball in the first quarter of the game against the Los Angeles Rams on November 19, 2017 at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

At the scouting combine, two weeks before the start of free agency, Elway did compare the "fluid" nature of chasing a quarterback in free agency this year to the pursuit of Manning.

For the Broncos, that's if they miss out on the Cousins Sweepstakes.

"I still think we're not too far away".

Instead, Minnesota turned to Keenum, who threw for 3,500 yards, 22 touchdowns and seven interceptions while leading the Vikings to the NFC Championship Game.

Say what you want about John Elway's history of drafting quarterbacks - we don't know what he can do with a top five pick at that position. That doesn't all go on the players. Elway has left open the possibility that Lynch could be the team's backup if he's ready to work on his game, but in the end, even one of Elway's most notable first-round picks couldn't avoid the team's current mission. After reaching the peak of Super Bowl 50 two years ago, the Broncos have sunk on the heels of two playoff-less seasons.

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