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Published: Wed, March 14, 2018
Sport | By Billy Aguilar

Former UH QB Case Keenum agrees to deal with Broncos

Former UH QB Case Keenum agrees to deal with Broncos

Since Peyton Manning's retirement in 2016, the Broncos have featured a revolving door of starting quarterbacks acquired via free agency, a trade and the draft, and none of them has excelled.

Keenum intends to sign with the Denver Broncos when free agency opens Wednesday, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

Keenum is expected to become the first of the high-profile quarterbacks in the open market to agree to a deal. But in the case of many others, Keenum may be the consolation prize to Kirk Cousins, the top free agent on the market.

Per Volin's report, the Cleveland Browns, New York Jets, Minnesota Vikings, Denver Broncos, Arizona Cardinals, Miami Dolphins, Jacksonville Jaguars and Carolina Panthers are all interested in adding a veteran QB. The Vikings remain the favorite, sources told Schefter.

We may have seen the last of Case Keenum in a Vikings uniform.

University of Houston grad Keenum last season led the Minnesota Vikings to the NFC championship game for the first time since 2009, completing 67.6 percent of his passes for 3,547 yards with 22 touchdowns and seven interceptions.

He also threw a touchdown on the last play of the game to Stefon Diggs to stun the New Orleans Saints in the divisional round of the playoffs.

Kubiak has an increased role in the Broncos' personnel evaluations this year and has been a major voice as Denver prepares for free agency and the draft.

The Broncos, who own the fifth pick in next month's National Football League draft, also considered Cousins following a 5-11 season in which Trevor Siemian, Brock Osweiler and Paxton Lynch all struggled behind a porous offensive line and questionable play-calling before Mike McCoy was replaced by Bill Musgrave as offensive coordinator.

Siemian again handily beat out Lynch last summer, but the Broncos would cycle through their trio of homegrown QBs during a 5-11 season that almost cost rookie head coach Vance Joseph his job.

All three quarterbacks were draft picks by Elway, the Hall of Fame quarterback who has only had success at quarterback in free agency.

"Even with Peyton, we weren't a for-sure thing with Peyton, " Elway said.

For Keenum, he will now face a pile of expectations in a quarterback-crazed region that saw its team win a Super Bowl just two seasons ago. Their inconsistent play on both the offensive line and at quarterback have been big reasons why they've sat out the postseason. And if there's one position they need an upgrade at, it's under center. I'll take that a step further: Since Sammy Watkins and Allen Robinson are both off the board, Elway can also invest in the front five. We just have to figure out a way to get it right. We didn't play very well there previous year, and that's not all on the players.

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