QB Case Keenum leaving Vikings to sign with Broncos

Carrie Guzman
March 13, 2018

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.

Keenum has ties to former Broncos quarterback and current senior personnel advisor Gary Kubiak having played for Kubiak when he was the head coach of the Texans.

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.

With Keenum headed to Denver, Cousins' potential destinations are now down to three teams: the Vikings, the Cardinals and the Jets.

Keenum went 11-3 as Minnesota's starting quarterback, and threw for 3,547 yards, 22 touchdowns and just seven interceptions. They also can go the best-player-available route with the No. 5 pick of the draft and could end up with one of the two best players on the board - Saquon Barkley or Bradley Chubb - if the run on quarterbacks comes at the top of the first round.

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

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Keenum started eight games under Kubiak in 2013, completing 54.2 percent of his passes for 1,760 yards with nine touchdown passes against six interceptions.

Manning had a spectacular closing chapter in Denver, leading the Broncos to the playoffs in all four of his seasons, reaching two Super Bowls and winning one.

Elway said in recent weeks he still believed the team could get back into the postseason mix with an upgrade behind center. There were some things that we should have done, that we should have done differently that we didn't do.

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