Former UH QB Case Keenum agrees to deal with Broncos


At the National Football League scouting combine this month, Elway said, "we'll continue to look at all of the options out there when it comes to quarterback".

Or as Elway put it at the scouting combine: "I didn't say it. Life is too short to rebuild in the National Football League".

ESPN's Adam Schefter first reported late Monday Evening on Keenum's intent to sign with the Broncos at the beginning of the NFL Free Agency period.

The 30-year-old Keenum led the Minnesota Vikings to an 11-3 mark in his 14 starts last season in place of an injured Sam Bradford as the Vikings advanced to the NFC Championship Game.

The Denver Broncos have apparently worked out their quarterback situation ahead of the official start of free agency. Those two realities made Keenum the more attractive choice for the Broncos - creating an aggressive push to get a deal hammered out on Monday afternoon.

Case Keenum is about to cash in on his improbable 2017 run.

Elway is now in his eighth year as the Broncos' chief decision-maker.

With the Vikings in 2017, Keenum easily had the best season of his NFL career since entering the league in 2012.

Miller was in Elway's first draft class - in 2011. Joseph is now Denver's head coach. That kind of structure was expected to cause some attrition amongst the teams expected to pursue Cousins - and it ultimately became a reality when Denver began laying plans for the first day of free agency.

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The Broncos could still draft a quarterback.

The former number one overall NFL Draft pick has been with the Rams, Eagles and Vikings, and could be headed to yet another new city this offseason depending on what happens with the Vikings' pursuit of Kirk Cousins.

In 2016, when Trevor Siemian unexpectedly beat out veteran Mark Sanchez and first-round draft pick Paxton Lynch to win the Broncos' starting quarterback job, Elway almost acquired Keenum in a trade from the Los Angeles Rams but backed off.

Miller signed a $114.5 million deal in 2016.

The Broncos must now build around Keenum by bolstering the offensive line.

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.

The expectation is the Broncos will soon try to trade away Siemian.

Keenum's arrival turns back the clock, or perhaps even stops it, on Lynch.