For the second time in the past seven years, the Denver Broncos have roared into free agency to fix a quarterback problem.
In 2012, it was Peyton Manning. This year, it’s Case Keenum.
Sources told ESPN’s Adam Schefter the Broncos will reel in the 30-year-old Keenum to be their quarterback of the present and future when free agency officially opens Wednesday afternoon.
Keenum is expected to become the first of the high-profile quarterbacks in the open market to agree to a deal.
The Broncos also considered Kirk Cousins and had some discussions about Teddy Bridgewater, who was a teammate of Keenum’s this past season with the Minnesota Vikings.
With Keenum headed to Denver,cheap nfl authentic jerseys Cousins’ potential destinations are now down to three teams: the Vikings, the Cardinals and the Jets. The Vikings remain the favorite, sources told Schefter.
Keenum helped power the Vikings to the NFC Championship Game last season as Minnesota went 11-3 in his regular-season starts in place of an injured Sam Bradford.
Only the winless Cleveland Browns threw more interceptions than the Broncos’ 22, and Denver had just one receiver catch more than 50 passes and finish with more than 560 yards receiving — Demaryius Thomas, with 83 catches and 949 yards.
At the scouting combine, two weeks before the start of free agency, Elway did compare the “fluid” nature of chasing a quarterback in free agency this year to the pursuit of Manning.
“Even with Peyton, we weren’t a for-sure thing with Peyton,” Elway said.cheap nfl jerseys from china “That was always fluid too, but he was our target.”
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.
Keenum’s teams are 20-18 in his games as a starter, and he made both of his career playoff starts this past January for the Vikings.