Case Keenum: Broncos signing former Vikings quarterback

Dec 31 2017 Minneapolis MN USA Minnesota Vikings quarterback Case Keenum looks on following the game against the Chicago Bears at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

Dec 31 2017 Minneapolis MN USA Minnesota Vikings quarterback Case Keenum looks on following the game against the Chicago Bears at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

When the free agency period officially begins Wednesday afternoon, former Vikings quarterback Case Keenum plans to sign with Denver, NFL sources confirmed.

The Denver Broncos have apparently worked out their quarterback situation ahead of the official start of free agency.

But it's hard to get too excited about the Keenum deal given the stretch of uncertainty in Denver since Peyton Manning retired two years ago. After replacing an injured Sam Bradford, Keenum was able to hold off Teddy Bridgewater and ended up going 12-4 as the starter (including playoffs) for NFC North champion Minnesota.

The first domino has fallen in the 2018 free agent quarterback race.

Keenum worked with former Broncos head coach Gary Kubiak, now a senior personnel advisor in Denver's front office, with the Houston Texans from 2012-13 having joined as an undrafted free agent.

As momentum shifted away from Kirk Cousins, the Broncos zeroed in on their preferred target Case Keenum.

"We all understand on how the quarterback position has a direct influence on how your team plays", Joseph said in February.

Watkins is an intriguing piece to add to an offense that already includes speedy receiver Tyreek Hill, tight end Travis Kelce and running back Kareem Hunt, but that's a massive price tag for a player who has averaged just 48 catches per year during his three seasons in Buffalo and one with the Los Angeles Rams. Garrett Bolles, who the Broncos drafted in the first round previous year will be improved after a rookie season that saw him develop throughout. The Broncos, since winning the Super Bowl in 2016, have failed to reach the playoffs and back-to-back disappointing years, due largely to inconsistency and lack of production from the QB position. This could be his best option as he would get a chance to start for a team that is developing a rookie and showcases his skills for the following offseason.

"There were some things we should have done differently that we didn't do". 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.

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