The Denver Broncos made the first free agency quarterback move in the 2018 offseason. Since Peyton Manning left town, the Broncos have been shuffling around to get a consistent player under center. Trevor Siemian, Brock Osweiler and Paxton Lynch have all tried but the Broncos haven’t found success. After missing the postseason for two straight seasons and a 5-11 record in 2017, the Broncos elected to make an aggressive move. They struck early in the quarterback market and agreed to a deal with Case Keenum.
Following comes from Adam Schefter of ESPN, Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk and Mike Klis of 9 News in Denver.
When free agency opens Wednesday, former Vikings’ QB Case Keenum intends to sign with the Denver Broncos, sources tell ESPN.
First QB domino has fallen.
QB race is on.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 13, 2018
Source with knowledge of the talks estimates that Case Keenum is expected to get between $18 million to $20 million per year.
— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) March 13, 2018
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
After spending the first four years of his career bouncing from the Houston Texans to the St. Louis/Los Angeles Rams, Keenum joined the Minnesota Vikings for the 2017 campaign. Playing on a one-year, $2 million deal, the 30-year-old quarterback recorded the best season of his career coming in as a starter for the Vikings due to injuries. Teddy Bridgewater was still on his return back from an injury and Sam Bradford went down early in the season.
Case Keenum delivered for the Vikings as he led them to a 11-3 record as a starter, 13-3 overall, a NFC North Division title and an appearance in the NFC Championship game. Keenum threw for 3,547 yards, 22 touchdowns and seven interceptions with 67.6 completion percentage.