The Denver Broncos made a decision to be the first team to take a dive into the 2018 National Football League free agency pool at the quarterback position, signing former Vikings quarterback Case Keenum to a deal that will reportedly be for two years, $36 million.
The biggest question now for the Broncos is how the team plans to use with the No. 5 pick in the draft now that Keenum is in the fold. According to a source, the Broncos are expected to move on from Trevor Siemian, a former seventh-round pick who started 24 games, and have already fielded calls from interested teams.
A prominent agent told 9News Denver that Keenum's deal is expected to be for two years and at least $36 million.
Keenum threw for 22 touchdowns and only seven interceptions while going 11-3 as a starter for the Vikings in place of the injured Sam Bradford last season.
Case Keenum is headed to the Rocky Mountains.
The Denver Broncos don't appear to be landing Kirk Cousins after all.
"We all understand on how the quarterback position has a direct influence on how your team plays", Joseph said in February.
Using ESPN's advanced Total QBR formula, Keenum ranked at 69.7 previous year. "Obviously, we have to get better at that position".
"I still think we're not too far away, " Elway said. In doing so, it triggers the last two years of his deal. There were some things that we should have done, that we should have done differently that we didn't do.
After sitting out the playoffs in each of the last two years following their Super Bowl 50 triumph, the Denver Broncos have apparently found their next signal-caller.
Elway insists the Broncos can get right back into the playoff picture with the right quarterback and tweaks to other areas of the roster. Nearly every mock draft out there had the Broncos taking a quarterback with their No. 6 overall pick but expect them to go a different direction since Keenum, at only 30, solidifies the quarterback spot for now and the future.
That doesn't appeal to me for a team that constantly preaches it will not rebuild.