Quarterback Case Keenum looks set to join the Denver Broncos as soon as free agency opens on Wednesday night. The 30-year-old enjoyed an impressive stint with the Minnesota Vikings last season, and could become an important part of John Elway’s plans to force the Broncos back into the playoff conversation.
Last week, Elway said of the franchise’s current situation: “I still think we’re not too far away,”
“Obviously, we have to get better at that position. We didn’t play well there last year. That doesn’t all go on the players. There were some things that we should have done, that we should have done differently that we didn’t do. I feel like we can get right back in the thick of the things rather quickly. I think we still have a good defensive football team.”
Indeed, it’s no secret that the Denver Broncos are looking to strengthen their offensive line. The franchise’s solid defence were let down by their offensive players last season, causing the Broncos to miss out on the playoffs for a second consecutive year. Whilst General Manager John Elway is reluctant to lay claim to the dreaded ‘R’ word – ‘rebuilding’, it appears that the Broncos are willing to make some big moves over the next few weeks, and signing Case Keenum is a huge statement.
Keenum helped the Minnesota Vikings to a 11-3 finish last season, making 14 starts to cover for an injured Sam Bradford. He was instrumental in the Vikings’ miraculous 29-24 victory over the New Orleans Saints in the NFC divisional playoff, and ended the year as one of the most in demand QBs in the NFL.
The Broncos had been heavily linked with Kirk Cousins last week, but with the Vikings understood to be preparing to make a move for Cousins, Keenum was provided with a perfect opportunity to cash in on his current status. Keenum’s move to Denver was initially leaked by ESPN’s Ian Rapoport, and could be confirmed by both parties by 9pm tomorrow (March 14th).
Should the deal go ahead, Keenum will be reunited with former Huston Texans coach Gary Kubiak, who currently holds the position of senior personnel advisor at the Broncos. The move could also have a huge knock-on effect, with Broncos’ QB Trevor Siemian expected to be released, and Vikings’ regulars Teddy Bridgewater and Sam Bradford also linked with moves away from the franchise.