Keenum intends to sign with Broncos

Case Keenum to Broncos as NFL dominoes begin to fall

Just ask John Elway to say "rebuilding".

"I still think we're not too far away, " Elway said. "Life is too short to rebuild in the National Football League".

In a good old fashioned late-night news dump, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that quarterback Case Keenum intends to sign with the Denver Broncos (5-11 in 2017) when free agency officially begins on Wednesday.

Although Kirk Cousins has been touted as the top quarterback to hit free agency this year, the Broncos, after extensive evaluation of all their options, felt more comfortable with Keenum.

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.

Keenum, who took over for an injured Sam Bradford in Week 2, never relinquished the job after playing in relief of Bradford in Week 5, but the Vikings' commitment to him always seemed lukewarm.

Keenum is now 30 years old, and was a mediocre-to-bad quarterback for his entire career, until last season. Joseph is now Denver's head coach. When Elway romped into free agency in 2012 and signed Manning, who was not yet 100 percent after his fourth neck surgery, the result was four AFC West titles, two Super Bowl trips, one title and a historic season as the only 600-point team in league history.

The Denver Broncos will be making several changes at the quarterback position.

Five of the top seven passers in the franchise's history, including Elway at No. 1, have arrived either by trade or by free agency.

The Broncos had three quarterbacks start games this past season - Trevor Siemian, Paxton Lynch and Brock Osweiler - but it was a bumpy ride on offense as the Broncos were among the league leaders in turnovers and offensive coordinator Mike McCoy was sacked in November.

As for Keenum, now he will get an opportunity to prove to his doubters that he is more than just a career backup.

Now the Broncos hope he can replicate that play for the forseeable future in Denver. The Broncos traded up to select Lynch in the first round of the 2016 draft.

Prior to his time in Minnesota he spent time in Houston and with the Rams organization in St. Louis and Los Angeles.



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